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Pilot error, ejection seat malfunction implicated in June F-16 crash

Pilot error, ejection seat malfunction implicated in June F-16 crash

Business
Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Pilot error and a series of ejection seat malfunctions led to the death of an F-16CM pilot at Shaw Air Force Base In June, according to an accident report released this week by Air Combat Command. According to the report, 1st Lt. David Schmitz's ejection seat malfunctioned and his parachute never deployed, causing his death after his aircraft struck a localizer antenna array while landing the plane. Advertisement Schmitz, 32, died instantly on impacting the ground, the report said. He was conducting a nighttime mission qualification training flight that would include his first ever attempts at air-to-air refueling -- but the air-to-air refueling attempt failed, cutting the mission short. As Schmitz returned to Shaw AFB, the collision with the antenna array damaged the le...
U.S. pilot safely ejects from A-29 Super Tucano in Afghanistan crash

U.S. pilot safely ejects from A-29 Super Tucano in Afghanistan crash

Business
July 10 (UPI) -- An Afghan light attack plane crashed in northern Afghanistan, with its U.S. Air Force pilot safely ejecting before the crash, U.S. and Afghan officials said. The plane, an A-29 Super Toscano, was on a training exercise on Thursday in Baghlan province when the incident occurred. The pilot's name was not released, and it is unclear if a second person was aboard the two-seat plane, according to reports. Advertisement Preliminary reports from United States Forces Afghanistan indicated that a mechanical issue was the cause of the crash. Support aircraft arrived quickly in the remote valley where the plane crashed to rescue the pilot. The plane was assigned to the Kabul Air Wing, based in Kabul. The A-29 is made jointly by Brazilian company Embraer and U.S. company Sierra Nevad...
Body of F-15 pilot found after crash

Body of F-15 pilot found after crash

World
June 15 (UPI) -- The body of the pilot whose U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet crashed into the North Sea on Monday was recovered, officials said. The USAF 48th Fighter Wing, based at the RAF Lakenheath, Britain, station, said in a statement the F-15C Eagle crashed during a training mission early Monday morning. Though some F-15s can carry two pilots, military officials said the "C" variant involved in Monday's crash carried just one. The plane took off from Lakenheath, the largest air base in Britain operated by the U.S. Air Force. Advertisement The cause of the crash remains unknown, and identification of the pilot will not be released until relatives are notified. "The pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased," a statement from t...
Autopsy: Kobe Bryant’s pilot, Ara Zobayan, had no drugs or alcohol in system

Autopsy: Kobe Bryant’s pilot, Ara Zobayan, had no drugs or alcohol in system

Sports
May 15 (UPI) -- Ara Zobayan, the helicopter pilot of Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant and seven others during their fatal crash in January, didn't have any drugs or alcohol in his system, according to autopsies released Friday. The reports by the Los Angeles County coroner's office described the scene of the crash in graphic detail, mentioning broken bones and dismembered body parts. The causes of death for Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, Zobayan and the other passengers on board were certified as blunt trauma. The report on Bryant revealed the only drug in his system was methylphenidate, which is sold under the brand name Ritalin and used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The aircraft was headed to Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand O...
‘Friends’ star Courteney Cox will shoot a horror comedy pilot for Starz

‘Friends’ star Courteney Cox will shoot a horror comedy pilot for Starz

Entertainment
Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Courteney Cox will star in the horror comedy pilot "Shining Vale" on Starz, the cable network announced Friday. Should Shining Vale go to series, it will be Cox's first TV series since Cougar Town. She guest starred on an episode of Modern Family, Shameless and Drunk History. Catastrophe and Divorce creator Sharon Horgan and Trial & Error creator Jeff Astrof created the half-hour comedy. Starz described Shining Vale as a half-hour comedy in which a family moves from the city to a small town, not realizing their house was the site of "terrible atrocities." Pat Phelps (Cox) is the only one who notices strange occurrences and worries she may be possessed, or simply depressed. Phelps was an author of a hit novel 17 years ago but still hasn't written her second. Her marri...