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Air Force pilot dies after plane’s ejection seat activates while on ground

An Air Force instructor pilot died after his plane’s ejection seat activated while the plane was operating on the ground, officials said.

The incident occurred Monday at Sheppard Air Force Base near Wichita Falls, Texas, when Capt. John Robertson of the 80th Operations Support Squadron was aboard a T-6A Texan II aircraft during the ground operations and was suddenly ejected from the aircraft, causing him serious injuries, according to a Sheppard Air Force Base statement released Tuesday describing the incident.

Robertson died early Tuesday morning from his injuries in the crash, Air Force officials said.

“This is a devastating loss for Captain Robertson’s family and loved ones, as well as the entire 80th Flying Training Wing,” said Col. Mitchell J. Cok, acting commander of the squadron. “Captain Robertson was a much-loved aviator and instructor pilot. Our deepest condolences go out to all who knew and loved him.”

An interim safety board investigation was convened immediately after the incident, according to Sheppard Air Force Base, and a “full Air Force Safety Board of Investigation is expected to be established later this week “.

The council will release its report once the investigation is complete, but it has not revealed when it expects this to happen.

“We are grateful to the M1 maintenance team who immediately provided life-sustaining care, as well as for the heroic efforts of security forces, firefighters and medical personnel here on base and at United Regional Hospital.” , said Cok. “Their efforts have provided time for Captain Robertson’s family to be by his side as he passes.”

ABC News

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