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Saturday, April 25, 2015

A-10 Makes Emergency Landing in Iraq After Engine Failure

A-10 Thunderbolt IIA "catastrophic" engine failure aboard an A-10 Thunderbolt on a mission over Iraq forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing at the al-Asad airbase where U.S. Marines have been training Iraqi forces in in contested Anbar province, U.S. Central Command confirmed Friday.

Col. Patrick Ryder, a CentCom spokesman, told a Pentagon briefing that the engine failure was "not uncommon" for combat aircraft.

"It was just one of those things that happen when you’re operating high-performance aircraft," Ryder said of the engine failure.

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