USAF Pilot safe after A-29 crashes in Afghanistan

USAF Pilot safe after A-29 crashes in Afghanistan

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American pilot ejects safely from Afghan Air Force A-29 light attack plane before crash

A U.S. Air Force pilot flying an Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucano safety ejected before the light attack plane crashed in northern Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan officials said.

The pilot, who has not been identified, was on a training flight when the crash occurred, a spokesman for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan confirmed.

The incident occurred in the Doshi district of Afghanistan’s northeastern Baghlan Province around 11:30 AM local time on July 9. The crash was heard throughout Baghlan’s mountainous Doshi district.

The turboprop A-29 is the Afghan Air Force’s main light attack aircraft. A-29s have two seats, but can be flown by one pilot.

The Afghan Air Force’s fleet includes nearly 30 A-29 aircraft, 10 of which are based at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, for pilot training.

Afghan Air Force’s fleet has around a total of 183 authorized aircraft including 30 MD-530 helicopters, 10 AC-208s with precision strike capability, four C-130s and 37 Mi-17 transport helicopters.

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