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US Air Force airman missing after fall into Gulf of Mexico from C-130 aircraft

11:05  06 november  2019
11:05  06 november  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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A U.S. Air Force airman went missing Tuesday after falling from a C-130 aircraft into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, according to reports.

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The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to Air Force Times.

U.S. Coast Guard personnel were assisting the Air Force as a search for the airman got underway in water about a mile and a half south of Santa Rosa Island, Fla., along the Florida Panhandle, WKRG-TV of Mobile, Ala., reported.

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Air force officials say they have recovered the remains of an F-16 fighter jet pilot from the Gulf of Mexico after a crash earlier in the day. The base says the airman won’t be immediately identified, pending notification of family. No further details were immediately available.

The Lockheed C - 130 Hercules is an American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed (now Lockheed Martin).

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was also assisting in the operation, the station reported.

The Coast Guard said the airman, identified only as a staff sergeant, dropped about 1,500 feet into the water and his parachute deployed, WEAR-TV of Pensacola, Fla., reported.

Crew members aboard the C-130 initially saw the airman treading water but lost sight of him while making a turn in an effort to pick him up, the report said.

Responding crews were adjusting their search area based on currents in the area, Coast Guard Petty Officer Kamil Zdankowski told the Northwest Florida Daily News.

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