Smoke reportedly seen as F-18 makes emergency landing at BAFB

Published: Dec. 6, 2017 at 4:10 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 at 5:14 PM CST
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BARKSDALE AFB, LA (KSLA) - Air Force officials confirm that an F-18 made an emergency landing Wednesday at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Witnesses near the base reported seeing black smoke coming from the back of the jet as it landed.

The fixed-wing aircraft's pilot notified air traffic controllers of an in-flight emergency and requested permission to land as a precaution.

The plane landed safely just before 11 a.m., a base spokesman said.

"We can confirm that an F-18 from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 was diverted to Barksdale Air Force Base on Dec. 6 due to an aircraft system issue," said Deidre Patin, a public affairs specialist with the Naval Air Warfare Center's Weapons Division.

(VX) 31 is a U.S. Navy squadron based in China Lake, Calif.

Its aircraft include F/A-18A-Ds, AH-1Zs, F/A-18E/Fs, AH-1Ws, EA-18Gs, SH-60Fs, AV-8Bs, T-39Ds and UH-1Ys.

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