A USAF T-37 jet trainer from Sheppard AFB has been involved in a
Tuesday midair collision with a crop dusting aircraft. The
collision shortly before noon local time at an altitude estimated
at 5000 feet. The collision occurred over rural southwestern
The USAF pilots experienced minor injuries after punching out
following the collision with a new Air Tractor crop duster that was
on a delivery flight from its factory in Olney, TX to a new owner
in South Dakota. The Air Force pilots were identified as Capt.
Christopher S. Otis and 2Lt. Roderick V. James. They were picked up
a short distance from the crash site and taken to a medical
facility. The pilot of the Air Tractor has not been identified.
This is the second midair collision involving T-37 since 2002.
Two T-37s collided some 80 miles east of Frederick, OK while flying
in formation -- all four pilots survived pretty much unscathed. The
50 year-old T-37 is being used by the USAF and NATO for pilot