E-3 Sentry AWACS damaged (w/ fire) during landing at Nellis

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A plane was damaged while landing at Nellis Air Force Base late Friday, causing the plane to catch fire and forcing its 32-member crew to escape.

The E-3 Sentry warning and control system, also known as an AWACS, was being flown by the 552nd Air Control Wing out of Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, according to a Nellis spokesman.

The crew was deployed to Nellis as part of the base’s Red Flag exercises and was returning from a mission when the incident occurred. Officials did not say how the aircraft was damaged.

Emergency crews at the base quickly extinguished the flames and the plane was evacuated safely.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the accident.

I know my friend who flew on the E-3 didn’t have very nice things to say about it not having thrust reversers and smelling hot brakes every time it landed.