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.
NEW INFORMATION: The plane involved in the crash is a T-6 Trainer. Use of this model was suspended earlier this year due to hypoxia concerns but use was later reinstated.
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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.
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“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.
HAPPENING NOW: An ambulance is leaving the scene of a T-6 plane crash. pic.twitter.com/nsuBj6U6O3
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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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