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Runway closures at Nellis AFB cause aircraft to land at McCarran

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Nellis Air Force Base                                                                                                                                    

Public Affairs                                                 

4430 Grissom Ave., Ste. 107

Nellis AFB, NV 89191

Phone: (702) 652-2750



Release No. 18-02-15

Date: Feb. 15, 2018



Runway closures at Nellis AFB cause aircraft to land at McCarran


NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada – Multiple U.S. military jets diverted to McCarran International Airport at approximately 4 p.m. today due to the closure of both Nellis Air Force Base runways.


The Nellis runways were closed due to two separate minor mechanical aircraft malfunctions.


A runway closure like this is not unusual; however, our typical alternate landing location at Creech Air Force Base is currently under construction and unable to accommodate aircraft larger than Remotely Piloted Aircraft. As such, military aircraft returning from participation in the Red Flag exercise were diverted to McCarran.


Both Nellis runways have reopened and military aircraft that diverted to McCarran should be returning to Nellis later today.


Contact the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs office at 702-652-2750 for questions.