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Fire-fighting equipment surrounds a twin-tail jet aircraft at Nellis Air Force Base about 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. The incident sent smoke billowing into the northeast valley sky about 10:45 a.m. (News 3, KSNV photo)

Jet aborts takeoff, catches fire at Nellis Air Force Base outside Las Vegas


By Marvin Clemons, KSNV

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — What appears to be a twin-tail fighter jet had an "incident" during takeoff that was aborted at Nellis Air Force Base on Saturday morning.

A News 3 camera caught the tail end of the smoke from the fire about 10:50 a.m.

Smoke billowed into the northeast valley sky about 10:45 and could be seen for miles.

Fire crews were still at the scene as of 1:15 p.m.

There were no serious injuries reported, according to Nellis officials.

Base officials said the incident was an aborted takeoff, but declined to say what type of aircraft or other details until more investigation is completed.

A statement released by the chief of the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Major Christine J. Sukach:

At approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning, a military aircraft experienced an incident during takeoff on the Nellis Air Force Base flight line.Emergency services are on scene. No serious injuries are reported. More information in the incident will be released as it becomes available.

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