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Marine fighter jet makes emergency landing on Midway

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 3, 2012

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — A Marine Corps F/A-18 fighter jet made an emergency landing Thursday at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge after suffering a mechanical problem while en route from Honolulu to Iwakuni, Japan, officials said. No one was injured.

At the time, the jet was traveling in a convoy of four F/A-18s and a KC-10 after supporting Rim of the Pacific exercises, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service statement said. The fighter then landed at Henderson Airfield on Midway’s Sand Island at 10:33 a.m. local time.

“There is never a dull moment on this strategically positioned atoll,” said Barry Stieglitz, supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s national wildlife refuges in the Pacific.

The biennial RIMPAC exercises began in 1971 and have become the world’s largest international maritime exercise, a Navy statement said. This year’s maneuvers ran from June 29 to Friday and included 22 nations, 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.

From staff reports

The Battle of Midway National Monument sits at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. A Marine Corps F/A-18 fighter jet made an emergency landing Aug. 2, 2012, at Midway after suffering a mechanical problem. The atoll is about 1,500 miles from Hawaii.
Daniel Barker/DVIDS

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