Air Force Airman Falls Out of C-130, Missing in the Gulf

first_imgA U.S. Air Force airman is missing in the Gulf of Mexico after falling out of a C-130 aircraft off the Florida coast, according to reports.The airman fell during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to Air Force Times.U.S. Coast Guard personnel were assisting the Air Force as a search for the airman got underway in water about a mile and a half south of Santa Rosa Island, Fla., along the Florida Panhandle.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is assisting in the search operation.The Coast Guard said the airman who is a staff sergeant dropped about 1,500 feet into the water and his parachute did deploy.Crew members aboard the C-130 initially saw the airman treading water but lost sight of him while making a turn in an effort to pick him up.Responding crews have adjusted their search area based on currents in the Gulf, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Kamil Zdankowski.last_img

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