Saturday, February 20, 2016

Incident occurred February 20, 2016 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida

A Navy plane blew a tire as it made an emergency landing in St. Augustine after mechanical issues Saturday.

The E2-D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft dumped fuel for approximately 20 minutes before making the emergency landing at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport.

Officials said the multimillion-dollar aircraft blew a tire as it landed. A witness said it sounded like the plane had lost an engine.

The runway sustained minor damage after the landing, according to officials. It was closed for about an hour as crews worked to move the plane.

The plane weighs approximately 40,000 pounds according to the Navy website.

It will be taken to the Northrup Grumman St. Augustine facility where it was built, according to officials.

The plane has state-of-the-art radar and provides advanced early warning of attacks.

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