HomeUSAAir Force Pilot Who Died After Aircraft Ejection Seat Misfire Identified by...

Air Force Pilot Who Died After Aircraft Ejection Seat Misfire Identified by the Service

Published on

Weekly Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

The Air Force on Tuesday identified a training pilot who was killed by an ejection seat misfire at a Texas base.

Capt. John Robertson, an instructor pilot from the 80th Operations Support Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base, was injured Monday “when the ejection seat of the T-6A Texan II aircraft he was in activated during ground operations,” the base said in a statement. He died from his injuries early Tuesday morning.

In a released statement, Col. Mitchell Cok, the acting commander of the 80th Flying Training Wing, praised the work of the maintenance team that “provided life-sustaining care,” as well as the security forces, fire and medical members who rushed to help Robertson.

Read Next: Army Eliminates Online Training Requirement for Noncommissioned Officers, Saying It’s Too Burdensome

“Their efforts allowed time for Capt. Robertson’s family to be at his side when he passed,” Cok said.

Robertson’s service information, provided to Military.com by the Air Force Personnel Center, shows he was commissioned as an officer from the Air Force Academy and entered active duty on May 30, 2019.

Awards and decorations he received included the Air Force Training Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award, the National Defense Service Medal and Armed Forces Service Medal, the service said in an emailed statement.

Sheppard Air Force Base said in the news release late Tuesday that an interim safety board investigation into Robertson’s death began immediately. An Air Force Safety Investigation Board will start later this week and will eventually release its findings related to the incident.

The 80th Flying Training Wing, which is the parent unit of the 80th Operations Support Squadron, hosts the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program, which has trained new pilots and allies since the 1980s.

The news of Robertson’s death comes roughly two years after the service grounded 76 T-6s and 203 T-38 Talon training aircraft amid quality concerns, including potential defects in the explosive cartridges within their ejection seats.

Robertson’s death also follows the emergency landing of a T-6 with the 559th Flying Training Squadron out of Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, last month.

T-6s do not have a long history of deadly incidents or expensive crashes, according to Air Force Safety Center data, with only two pilot fatalities reported since 2004.

“This is a devastating loss for Capt. Robertson’s family and loved ones, and for the entire 80th Flying Training Wing,” Cok said in the statement. “Capt. Robertson was a highly valued airman and instructor pilot. Our deepest condolences go with all who knew and loved him.”

Related: Ejection Seat Misfire Kills Air Force Instructor Pilot at Texas Base

Story Continues

Read the full article here

Latest articles

Federal Judge Grants Partial Injunction Against New ATF Rule on Gun Sales

The ATF's new rule re-defining who is in "engaged in the business" of dealing...

The mother of a protester whose killer was pardoned says she was robbed of justice

The mother of a man killed during a Black Lives Matter protest said Friday...

Upgrades to Add That Extra Edge

There’s an expression that goes something like, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”...

More like this

If Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Is Dead, That Could Push The Middle East To The Brink Of All-Out War

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog.  Did we...

The Best Sunglasses for Women of 2024

The best parts about spending time outdoors are the fresh air, stunning views, and...

Trump Garners NRA Endorsement Among ‘Rebellious’ Gun Rights Supporters

Former President Donald Trump is making a very real play to return to the...

What is Survival Medicine?

Survival medicine goes beyond the familiar territory of standard emergency care. In modern emergency...

How People Stored Food Before Refrigerators

It’s hard to say when people first figured out that cooler temperatures keep food...