Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moody locating dropped aircraft ejection seat

A 23rd Wing news release

Release Number: 110906

9/27/2011 - MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The Advanced Concept Ejection Seat from the A-10C Thunderbolt II has not been located after a pilot ejected from the aircraft on Sept. 26, 2011 at approximately 2:45 p.m. in a non residential area northeast of Berlin, Georgia in Cook County. The aircraft ejection seat is expected to be located in the vicinity of the crash site.

The Advanced Concept Ejection Seat is used to safely eject a pilot from an aircraft. The seat's high pressure lines and actuators have potential hazards following ejection due to pressurization of seat components.

If the Advanced Concept Ejection Seat is found, do not approach it, take note of the location, leave the area and keep others away. Then, contact the 23rd Wing Command Post at (229) 257-3501.

"The safety of the local community and our Airmen is one of my top priorities," said Colonel Billy Thompson, 23rd Wing commander. "We are thankful the community, first responders and pilots remained safe during this incident."

Should you have any questions pertaining to this topic, please feel free to contact Moody Air Force Base Public Affairs Office at 229-257-3007. Also, Information
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Moody tries to locate ejection seat

By Dave Miller
Posted: Sep 27, 2011 11:48 PM
Updated: Sep 27, 2011 11:56 PM

Cook County, Georgia - U. S. Air Force personnel are scouring the South Georgia countryside in an effort to find the ejection seat of one of its aircraft which crashed.

The pilot safely bailed out of the A-10 'Warthog' Monday afternoon over Cook County, Ga.

Moody's Col. Billy D. Thompson says it could take up to 60 days before safety investigation board releases its report on the cause of the crash.

According to a USAF document, the last crash involving a jet attached to Moody AFB occurred in May 2010.

In that case, an A-10 Thunderbolt, also known by its nickname "Warthog", crashed after take off. The pilot safely ejected but the $17 million aircraft was destroyed.

The ejection seat looks like the one Moody is missing. (Source: Moody Air Force Base)


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