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February 21, 2013

Moody fighter jet makes emergency landing in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — An Air Force fighter jet is grounded at a tiny Utah airport after making an emergency landing on one engine.

Officials say the A-10 Thunderbolt was being flown from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday when one of the two engines failed and couldn’t be restarted in mid-flight.

The pilot landed at a rural air strip outside Price, Utah, about 120 miles short of his destination at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah.

Officials say maintenance crews from Hill are arriving to inspect the fighter jet.

The Thunderbolt belongs to the 75th Fighter Squad at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia. It was being flown to Utah for maintenance.

Lt. Meredith Kirchoff of Moody Air Force Base says Thunderbolts can fly on one engine, but the pilot landed for safety reasons.

 

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