Air Force Instructor Pilot Dies From Injuries Caused By Ejection Seat Activation On The Ground | Aviation

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A T-6A Texan II at Sheppard AFB (Image credit: USAF)

The incident involved a T-6A Texan II at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.

A US Air Force instructor pilot from the 80th Flying Training Wing passed away on May 14, 2024, due to injuries caused by the activation of the T-6A Texan II ejection seat during ground operations on May 13, a press release from the 82th Training Wing Public Affairs announced.

An investigation has been launched to determine the causes of the incident.

The 80th Flying Training Wing is a key component of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) part of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program, the world’s only internationally managed and manned flying training program. The training program includes participants from 14 NATO member countries, including the United States, Germany, Italy, and Turkey and aims to standardize pilot training across NATO allies, fostering interoperability and cooperation among member nations.

The Wing operates two types of aircraft: the T-6A Texan II for primary flight training and the T-38C Talon for advanced jet training.

The T-6A Texan II

Initially identified in a 1989 Department of Defense Trainer Aircraft Master Plan as the aircraft portion of the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS), the T-6A, officially named the Texan II in 1997, is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer aircraft…


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