Thu, Jan 12, 2006
Wreckage, Bodies Discovered In GA Woods
for a missing Navy T-39 Sabreliner found the wreckage of the
plane Wednesday night, using thermal cameras to locate where the
training jet went down in southern Walker County, Georgia. There
were no survivors reported among the four crewmembers onboard.
As was reported Wednesday in
Aero-News, the aging twinjet -- piloted by a civilian
contract pilot, with a Naval instructor and one Navy and one Air
Force student onboard -- departed Chattanooga, TN at 11 am
Wednesday morning, en route to Pensacola NAS on a navigational
training flight. The Sabreliner was reported missing after it
missed it's scheduled arrival time at Pensacola.
The last contact with the aircraft came during a routine ATC
handoff at 11:20, according to media reports. Officials believe the
crew then began a series of practice bombing runs, flying between
500 and 1000 feet AGL.
"They are practicing running at a low level to a target and
dropping the bombs," said Captain Lee Little, a pilot in charge of
Training Wing 6 based at Pensacola, to the Rome (GA) News-Tribune.
"We don’t carry bombs on these aircraft, but they are
simulating what they would be doing in a tactical aircraft."
Officials stated the
aircraft's emergency locator transmitter had not activated. It is
not known why.
County authorities were awaiting DoD officials to
arrive, to take over the accident scene.
"This is a federal park and it’s a federal plane, so it
will be their case. We are maintaining security until they get
here," said Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson.
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