UPDATE #3 T-6A Texan II Crash
By 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs, 12th Flying Training Wing
/ Published September 21, 2018
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas - -- JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas - T-6A Texan II flying resumed Friday morning at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. T-6 flying was suspended Sept. 18, 2018 after a crash near the Rolling Oaks Mall at approximately 4 p.m.
After careful review of known facts, performance history, and consultation with experienced aircraft maintainers and pilots, the 12th Flying Training Wing commander, Col. Mark S. Robinson assessed that the engine failure that preceded the pilots' ejection is isolated to the specific aircraft involved and not a larger fleet-wide concern and authorized the resumption of T-6 flying operations. "Our T-6 crews and maintainers are the most professional, knowledgeable, and experienced in the Air Force. I have full confidence that our T-6 aircraft are safe to fly and that our pilots are eager to get back to their mission - training Airmen."
The investigation into the cause of the crash began Tuesday evening. At that time, an interim safety board was stood up to preserve evidence until a formal safety board was established. The safety investigation board (SIB) was established on Sept. 20th.
"The aircraft experienced an engine failure on final approach at low altitude, configured for landing before our Airmen ejected," Robinson said, speaking of the T-6 crash. "The SIB has been established and is currently evaluating all aspects of the aircraft, including the engine components, to determine the cause of the crash," Robinson said.
The crew ejected safely and were treated and released at the clinic on JBSA-Randolph Tuesday night. The T-6 crew members are Lt. Col. Lee Glenn, an Active Guard and Reserve T-6 instructor pilot in the 559th Flying Training Squadron who is assigned to the 340th Flying Training Group at JBSA-Randolph and 1st Lt. Nicholas Donato who is a pilot in the 559th FTS on temporary duty at JBSA-Randolph for instructor training.
There were no civilian casualties, and the extent of damage to property is still being determined.
"The 12th Flying Training Wing is fortunate to have outstanding community partnerships," Robinson said. "On behalf of our Airmen, I'd like thank the entire community for its long-standing support for flight operations at JBSA-Randolph."
The Air Force has conducted flying training operations at JBSA-Randolph since 1930 and for the last five years has averaged approximately 30 thousand sorties per year. The 12th FTW was the recipient of a 19th Air Force safety award for 2017.
Visit the 12th Flying Training Wing website at https://www.12ftw.af.mil/ for information about the unit's training mission and the T-6A Texan II.