Super Tucano crashes during US Air Force’s Light Attack Experiment

An Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano A-29, during a training flight as part of United States Air Force’s Light Attack Experiment, crashed at the Red Rio Bombing Range, White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on June 22, said US Air Force 49th Wing based in Holloman Air Force Base.

“One aircrew member suffered minor injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital,” the 49th Wing said.

It added that fire and police units from the White Sands Missile Range Directorate of Emergency Services initially responded to the reported crash.

In a follow up report, 49th Wing said Lieutenant Christopher Carey Short, a US Navy pilot, died due to the crash.

“The cause of the mishap is under investigation,” 49th Wing said.

“There’s no way to describe the shock of this loss and the sadness we feel for his family,” said Col. Houston Cantwell, commander of Holloman’s 49th Wing. “He did pioneering work in aviation that will help shape American air power for years to come. We’re thankful to have known him and grateful for his devotion to duty.”

US Air Force’s Light Attack Experiment is a series of trials to determine the feasibility of using light aircraft in attack roles.