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Disabled F-18 fighter aircraft fixed at Logan
JAMES WOODCOCK/Gazette Staff Linemen at Billings Logan International Airport Friday pull a F-18 jet to a parking spot after the fighter broke down on the runway.

Gazette Staff

Todd Denowh, general manager of the Fixed Base Operator at Corporate Air, said the pilot of an F-18 jet landed Friday morning to refuel at military contractor Corporate Air. After the F-18 touched down the computer that controls the plane's steering malfunctioned and, because it could not taxi under its own power, the jet was towed off the runway, Denowh said.

"We reset and rebooted it, like you would your home computer, and it was working fine," Denowh said. "It was pretty minor."

The F-18 is a new Model E "Super Hornet" Navy fighter. Denowh said he read on the plane that it is assigned to the USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier. The pilot told Denowh the jet came off the production line about two months ago.

An airport spokesman said the incident did not disrupt flight traffic on the runway.

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