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UAE jet in runway drama after Libyan sortie

F-16 fighter plane veers off runway at air base in Italy, pilot is forced to eject on landing

UAE jet in runway drama after Libyan sortie
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A UAE F-16 fighter jet taking part in military operations over Libya veered off the runway after landing at an air base in Italy, state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.

The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces, in a statement, said the plane veered off the runway due to bad weather.

"The pilot had to eject from the plane to save his life and minor damages were caused to the plane's frame," the statement added.

The pilot was forced to eject from the plane on landing at the Sigonella air base in Sicily which was temporarily shut down.

"The UAE's Air Force has committed six F-16 and six Mirage aircraft to participate in the patrols that now enforce the no fly zone over Libya. The plane was based at the Decimomannu base in Sardinia.

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Harry Jones 8 years ago

Can the UAE not outsource pilots to avoid this happening in the future?

Abdullah Al Qassimi 8 years ago


mike 8 years ago

Goodness....these UAE pilots are not up to par. If the plane got minor frame damage, I bet the pilot did not need to eject.

Vincent 8 years ago

How dare the Europeans make the hardworking UAE pilots work in bad weather and put their lives at risk? Do they not know better??

tony 8 years ago

Most soldiers in UAE military are from Pakistan/Sudan and Yemen.