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E-3 damaged while landing at Nellis

A combined Electronic Systems Center team from Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., recently tested the joint interoperability of a prototype interrogator for an E-3 Sentry AWACS, such as the one shown here. (U.S. Air Force photo)

An E-3 Sentry, like the one shown here, sustained some damage while landing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 28, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- An E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft was damaged while landing Aug. 28 at Nellis Air Force Base.

The 32-person crew safely evacuated the aircraft and the subsequent fire was quickly extinguished by Nellis AFB emergency response forces.

The aircraft, flown by Airmen of the 552nd Air Control Wing from Tinker AFB, Okla., is deployed to Nellis AFB for Red Flag Exercise 09-5 and was returning from a mission when the incident occurred. 

The Air Force will convene a formal board to thoroughly investigate and determine the cause of the mishap.

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