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    Ejection Seat Misfire Kills Air Force Instructor Pilot at Texas Base

    Ejection Seat Misfire Kills Air Force Instructor Pilot at Texas Base

    An Air Force instructor pilot out of Sheppard Air Force in Texas died early Tuesday morning due to injuries caused by an ejection seat that fired while on the ground.

    The pilot, who had not yet been identified pending the notification of next of kin, died of injuries suffered “when their T-6A Texan II ejection seat activated during ground operations” the day prior, a Tuesday press release from the base said. The aviator was with the 80th Flying Training Wing, which instructs roughly 200 pilots each year, according to the wing's website.

    Base officials said an investigation into the incident is underway. The pilot's death marks the latest incident with the T-6 and comes on the heels of a grounding of the aircraft two years ago over worries with the ejection seat.

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