More details are emerging of an incident involving a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) EA-18G Growler on Saturday (January 27) morning at Nellis AFB, Nevada.
The aircraft (serial A46-311) appears to have aborted its take-off run due to a possible engine fire as it departed the base for a familiarization (FAM) flight ahead of exercise ‘Red Flag 18-1’, which starts today. As can be seen from these images, the Growler appears to have sustained significant damage, however the two crewmembers were able to effect a safe ground egress. The aircraft came to rest at the side of the runway, and may have taken the arrestor wire.
The Royal Australian Air Force has deployed a contingent of approximately 340 personnel to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada for Exercise ‘Red Flag 18-1’, taking place from January 29 to February 16. The deployment includes four EA-18G Growlers from No 6 Squadron, which have been deployed for the first time on an international exercise since being transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force in January 2017, operating alongside US Navy EA-18Gs at Nellis.