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Hunter F.52 al ATAC

Un Hunter F Mk.52 al ATAC s-a prabusit vineri in vecinatatea Naval Base Ventura County, in timpul manevrelor de aterizare. Pilotul Thomas “TC” Bennett, aviator naval in retragere nu a supravietiut accidentului.

O comisie formata din experti National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) si din Marina a inceput deja investigarea cauzelor accidentului. “We are committed to ensuring we investigate and understand the cause of this mishap to prevent further incidents, but will first focus all our efforts on the family and their well-being,” a declarat Jeff Parker, Presedintele ATAC.

Thomas “TC” Bennett (avea 57 ani) s-a inrolat in Marina in iunie 1976 si dupa o cariera de 27 ani, pe parcursul carora s-a calificat pe aeronave F/A-18 Hornet, A-6 Intruder, EA-6B Prowler, S-3 Viking, E-2 Hawkeye, si SH-60B Seahawk, s-a pensionat cu gradul de Capitan. Printre altele, capitanul Bennett a detinut functia de Comandant al Carrier Air Wing 11, sub comanda lui executandu-se primele atacuri aeriene in Afganistan, in cadrul Operatiunii Enduring Freedom. A fost Executive Officer pe USS KITTY HAWK si a ocupat functia adjunct al inspectorului general in US Space Command.

A primit Steaua de Bronz, de doua ori Medalia Legion of Merit si multe alte distinctii si decoratii.

Sursa:
marketwatch

Sursa FOTO:
Tyler Rogoway via fencecheck.com

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