Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Airman missing after fall from plane

An Air Force airman who fell out of the C-130 he was flying in over the Gulf of Mexico remains missing. Rescue crews were searching for the man in a 700-square-mile area south of the Florida Panhandle, about two nautical miles offshore between Destin and Pensacola, Fla. The plane was based at Hurlburt Field, Fla., near Mary Esther. Officials received the report that the airman fell into the water on Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. The staff sergeant was in training at the time and fell from the aircraft at about 1,500 feet, Pensacola station WEAR reported. Others in the plane saw the airman's parachute deploy and that he was treading water once he landed. (Sources: multiple, including ABCNews, NBCNews, 11/06/19)