Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Beechcraft T-6A Texan II, United States Air Force, 05-6209: Accident occurred September 18, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas





















SAN ANTONIO — Police said a small military plane crashed Tuesday afternoon near the Rolling Oaks Mall.

Officials said the two people inside the aircraft ejected and parachuted to safety.

Judson ISD Media Relations Director Steve Linscomb said the plane crashed between Rolling Meadows Elementary and Veterans High School. People reported hearing a "big boom," but no one saw the crash.

Police said the T-6 Texan II military aircraft crashed into an empty field. The plane, a part of the 12th Training Wing, belongs to the Joint Base San Antonio Randolph Base (JBSA). Fire officials said the plane went down because of "engine failure."

The Air Force grounded all of its T-6 training aircraft in February for a month because the oxygen levels in the cockpit were low. People suffered shortness of breath and other effects of hypoxia while piloting the aircraft.

The Air Education and Training Command based at JBSA announced last week plans to re-design the plane's entire oxygen system, controls for pilots in flight and ramping up maintenance and training. The upgrades will take 2-4 years to implement. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://foxsanantonio.com

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sure would like to know more about this one. Ejecting just because of an engine failure seems a bit overkill. And the airplane crashed between a mall and a school? Were the pilots pretty sure the abandoned aircraft would not hit one or the other?

Anonymous said...

oops, my bad. The airplane crashed between an elementary school and a high school. But my original question stands.

Anonymous said...

Looked at the scene 2 hours ago, and the a/c was well away from ANY buildings, and on a trajectory to open country. Typical media hyperbole to reference schools.

Anonymous said...

You’re a special kind of stupid. When you lose the only engine you have, there aren’t any other options at that low of an altitude.

Anonymous said...

Did you look at the associated pictures at all? You can’t even see a building, from any of the angles. So yeah it landed between 2 schools, one in Austin and one in San Antonio.