A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter aircraft crashed just before take off at RAAF Base Amberley near Ipswich, Queensland on Dec. 8.
According to reports, the aircraft was taking off with seven other jets when it appeared to suffer engine failure. The two pilots onboard the aircraft were able to eject before the crash. The photos of the crashed aircraft showed some damage on its forward starboard fuselage.
The Department of Defence confirmed the incident adding that both pilots are safe.
“Defence can confirm that an incident involving an Air Force aircraft has occurred at RAAF Base Amberley. The aircrew of that aircraft are safe and no other personnel were involved in the incident,” a spokesperson said.
“Defence’s first priority is the safety of personnel at RAAF Base Amberley. Defence will provide more information once the immediate actions associated with the incident are completed. The cause of the incident is not known at this time and will be subject to investigation,” the statement added.
The Royal Australian Air Force has 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets. The twin-seat fighter jets are based at Number 1 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley.