Sun, Jul 06, 2008
Jet Crashed During Training Exercise Out Of Luke AFB
Officials with the US Air Force said the pilot of an F-16C
blacked out immediately before the fighter crashed in western
Arizona in March.
According to the Air Force, investigators determined 2nd Lt.
David Mitchell failed to properly compensate for high-g forces
sustained during a dogfighting maneuver March 14.
Mitchell, 26, was killed upon impact. He was participating in a
mock combat training exercise.
As ANN reported, the F-16 flew out of Luke Air
Force base, the world's largest F-16 training site with about 185
aircraft. The jet impacted due south of Alamo Lake, a training
range about 80 miles of the Phoenix metroplex.
Mitchell was a member of the Ohio Air National Guard, based in
Toledo with the 180th Fighter Wing. He enlisted with the ANG in
October 2001 as a jet engine mechanic, before earning his
commission as an officer in 2006 and entering the flight training
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