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Jet aborts takeoff, catches fire at Nellis Air Force Base

Fire-fighting equipment surrounds a twin-tail jet aircraft at Nellis Air Force Base about 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. The incident sent smoke billowing into the northeast valley sky about 10:45 a.m. (News 3 photo)

9:05 AM SUNDAY UPDATE:

The aircraft that had to abort its take off was an Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G. Five personnel suffered minor injuries. The crew was taking part in Exercise Red Flag, an operation that draws flight crews and aircraft from around the world to train at the expansive Nellis range.

ORIGINAL STORY:

What appears to be a twin-tail fighter jet had to abort its takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base on Saturday morning.

A News 3 camera caught the tail end of the smoke from an ensuing fire about 10:50 a.m. Smoke billowed into the northeast valley sky about 10:45 a.m. and could be seen for miles.

No serious injuries were reported. Fire crews were still at the scene as of 1:15 p.m.

Nellis officials said the incident was an aborted takeoff, but declined to say what type of aircraft or other details until more investigation is completed.

A statement released by the chief of the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Major Christine J. Sukach:

At approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning, a military aircraft experienced an incident during takeoff on the Nellis Air Force Base flight line.
Emergency services are on scene. No serious injuries are reported.
More information in the incident will be released as it becomes available.

However, a media representative from the Australian government confirmed the plane was a part of the Royal Australian Air Force. Defence Media issued the following statement:

"Defence can confirm an incident involving an EA-18G Growler at Nellis Air Force Base during Exercise Red Flag. Royal Australian Air Force personnel are safe and no serious injuries have been sustained. Defence is currently working with the United States Air Force to investigate and will provide an update with further details once known."
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