Fighter pilot experiences in-flight emergency, lands safely

Fighter pilot experiences in-flight emergency, lands safely

Credit: Defense Video & Imagery Distribution Systems

An A-10 Thunderbolt II, like this one, is among the various U.S. Central Command Air Forces air assets available for providing close-air support for International Security Assistance Force troops in contact with enemy forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The A-10 is specially designed for close air support of ground forces and can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Justin T. Watson)

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 13 at 3:59 PM

BOISE -- An Idaho Air National Guard fighter jet made a successful landing at Gowen Field Monday after its landing gear reportedly became stuck while flying.

Colonel Tim Marsano said the single-seat A-10 aircraft was on a routine training mission when the in-flight emergency happened.

Ada County dispatchers say the pilot tried for approximately 45 minutes to shake the gear loose before successfully landing at approximately 3:20 p.m.

The A-10 is a close air support fighter that provides protection for ground forces.

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