No injuries reported • Hill AFB investigating why aircraft forced to land on rural strip.
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An A-10 Thunderbolt military aircraft experiencing engine difficulties made an emergency landing late Wednesday morning at the Carbon County Airport.
Hill Air Force Base Tech Sgt. Gerren Douglas said the single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft, stationed at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, was en route to HAFB from Arizona's Davis-Monthan AFB when the pilot reported one of his two engines had failed.
The aircraft landed at the rural air strip in the central Utah town of Price without incident or injury to the male pilot.
Douglas said Air Force maintenance and security personnel were en route to Price from Davis-Monthan and Moody.
Price firefighters and police, along with Carbon County sheriff deputies, responded to the scene initially.
The venerable A-10, more commonly known as the "Warthog" for its heavily-armored, ugly and yet effective design, was developed in the early 1970s, toward the end of the Vietnam War.
The plane, armed with a 30mm rotary cannon, is designed to provide close air support for ground forces, especially in attacking tanks and other armored vehicles and missile batteries. It has seen action in Desert Storm and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.