Washington, Jan 28 (AFP) A Royal Australian Air Force electronic warfare plane has caught fire on takeoff during an exercise in the United States but there were no serious injuries, the military said. Also Read - 'Some Evidence' That New UK Coronavirus Strain More Deadly & Transmissible, Warns Boris Johnson

Australia’s Department of Defence confirmed “an incident involving an EA-18G Growler at Nellis Air Force Base during Exercise Red Flag” yesterday. Also Read - Amid Fears of New COVID Strain, Flight With 256 Passengers From UK Lands in Delhi

It said RAAF personnel are safe “and no serious injuries have been sustained” during the incident which occurred in Nevada and is under investigation. Also Read - New Coronavirus Strain: South Korea Extends UK Flight Ban For 2 More Weeks

The EA-18G Growler, a variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, can fly into a combat zone before other aircraft, using its jammers to suppress ground defences ahead of a bomb strike.

A statement from Nellis Air Force Base said the “incident during takeoff” occurred at about 10:45 am (1845 GMT) Saturday.

“The aircraft was required to abort its takeoff and subsequently caught fire. However, all personnel are safe,” the Nellis statement said without identifying the plane as being from Australia.

Exercise Red Flag is an air-to-air combat training exercise involving the United States, Australia and Britain.


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