USAF T-6A Training Plane Crashes In San Antonio, Texas

USAF T-6A Training Plane Crashes In San Antonio, Texas. Two pilots safely ejected from an Air Force plane Tuesday afternoon before it crashed in a field on the far North Side, prompting a suspension of training flights at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

 

Both pilots survived the bailout from the T-6 Texan II training aircraft with minor injuries. The plane crashed in a field near Nacogdoches Road just outside Loop 1604 in the northern suburban fringe, where such wide-open acreage is rapidly shrinking.

The commander of the 12th Flying Training Wing suspended flights of the two-seat, turboprop T-6A. It is the service’s mainstay trainer for novice pilots at several bases in Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi under the Air Education and Training Command.

The cause of the crash wasn’t known, but an Air Force investigation team was on the ground along with military and civilian firefighters, said Randy Martin, the wing’s spokesman.

“Obviously, this is a serious accident, so we have to follow the protocol established by the Air Force,” Martin said.

At Randolph, the T-6A is used to train instructor pilots. The wing’s commander, Col. Mark Robinson, suspended training and “will evaluate its resumption over the coming hours,” Martin said.

Robinson also established an interim safety board to preserve evidence until a formal safety board is established this week, Martin said.

No one on the ground was hurt. The aircraft appeared broken in two pieces after ripping a long skid mark into the earth.

 

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