Military jet landing prompts RCFD response at airport

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Fire Department units based at Rapid City Regional Airport were called out Thursday evening when the brakes of military fighter jet overheated.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, the brakes of an F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter arriving as scheduled overheated as it slowed after landing, spurring the response from RCFD.

According to the RCFD Battalion Chief, this was not an emergency landing — “the brakes got hot” upon landing on the runway. This prompted WestJet Aviation Line service professionals and RCFD to check on the aircraft and crew, as routine for this situation.

The department’s response was precautionary. Nobody was harmed.

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