New Mexico pilot identified, IDs pilot killed in crash at New Mexico Air Force base.
The Navy has identified the pilot of an Embraer A-29 Super Tucano who died on Friday following a crash over the White Sands Missile Range near Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.
Lt. Christopher Carey Short, of Canandaigua, N.Y., was flying a mission over White Sand’s Red Rio Bombing Range when his prop-driven light attack aircraft crashed about 1:30 p.m. EST. Both Short and second crew member ejected from the aircraft, according to press reports. The second crew member suffered minor injuries.
The flight was part of the Air Force’s ongoing Light Attack Experiment (O-AX) that is currently testing the A-29 and the Textron Aviation AT-6B Wolverine to see if a low-cost attack aircraft could replace higher-cost Air Force assets for certain missions. The Air Force canceled a series of test flights on Friday as a result of the crash.
“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 said in an Air Force statement. “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.”
The Navy did not release the unit to which Short was assigned. A request for additional information on why he was involved in the Air Force experiment was not immediately returned by service officials.
The crash is now under investigation.