A-10 making emergency landing at Nellis dropped 2 MK82s, 1 exploded

 

A-10 Thunderbolt II

The pilot of an A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jet released two 500-pound bombs Friday morning in a safe zone five miles north of Nellis Air Force Base in an emergency procedure after an engine malfunctioned, base officials said.

At least one of the Mark-82 general purpose bombs exploded and was felt at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which is near the base.

“We didn’t hear it but we felt it a little bit. We felt it a shake the building,” said Las Vegas Motor Speedway spokesman Jeff Motley. “We thought somebody dropped something really heavy on the roof.”

The warplane from the 66th Weapons Squadron landed safely at the Air Force base at 10:07 a.m. after the in-flight emergency, according to a Nellis news release.

There were no injuries or property damage that Nellis officials are aware of, base spokesman Chuck Ramey said.

The aircraft experienced an engine problem shortly after taking off from the base and the pilot followed emergency procedures by avoiding populated areas and executing a controlled jettison of the two bombs, Ramey said.

The A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is an highly accurate weapons-delivery platform. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate under 1,000-foot ceilings (303.3 meters) with 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometers) visibility. The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. Using night vision goggles, A-10 pilots can conduct their missions during darkness.

Las Vegas Rewiew-Journal

– USAF

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