Las Vegas Backstage Access has learned that a Canadian jet fighter dropped his full fuel tanks in a populated Las Vegas area and then made an emergency landing after losing power in one of its two engines.
The CF-18 was en route from Las Vegas to El Centro, California last Saturday afternoon when the problem occurred. The pilot reportedly jettisoned the plane’s external fuel tanks, which officials say landed about 500-metres from some civilians that still live in Las Vegas, and one kilometre west of busy Interstate 15.
Miraculously, no one was injured. The jet fighter made a safe landing at Nellis Air Force Base, 13-kilometres northeast of Las Vegas.
A Nellis spokesman simply said it’s safer to land an aircraft without the additional weight of full fuel tanks.
The cause of the power loss is currently under investigation.