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Air Force Grounds Training Planes

Air Force Grounds Training Planes
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By    |   Thursday, 30 November 2017 09:43 AM

The Air Force had grounded T-6A Texan II training planes since Nov. 15 after pilots reported problems with getting enough oxygen while flying.

It was reportedly the fourth incident involving the T-6A since Nov. 1, Fox News reported on Wednesday.

The 71st Flying Training Wing at the Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma reported that four instructor pilots and one student pilot suffered from physiological incidents while flying, Fox News said.

"Vance Air Force Base is committed to ensuring aircrew safety is paramount, and are conducting a full investigation of the reported cases," Col. Darrell Judy, 71st FTW commander, said in a statement from the base.

Base officials said in its statement that in the four incidents, the aircraft's backup oxygen system operated as designed, and the pilot followed the correct procedures, landing the aircraft safely.

During what is being called an "operational pause," instructor pilots and students were briefed on the situation to increase their awareness of physiological incidents. Air Force officials said in the base's statement that flights continued with the T-1A Jayhawk and T-38 Talon since the problem were limited to the T-6 planes.

Stars and Stripes reported earlier this month that Laughlin Air Force Base, located near Del Rio, Texas, grounded its aircraft the day after a pilot was killed and another injured when one of its training jets crashed on Nov. 20.

The base suspended all fights through the Thanksgiving weekend after the T-38 Talon training jet was involved in the incident about 14 miles from the base, the publication reported.

Stars and Stripes said as of that crash, 34 service members had died in 10 fatal aircraft incidents in 2017. Laughlin is the Air Force's largest pilot training base, where airmen learn to fly combat jets using the two-seater, twin-engine T-38s.

Fox News reported about oxygen problems in June when the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona canceled local flying operations for F-35A Lightning II aircraft after pilots reported suffering symptoms similar to hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation.

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