Desperate search for kite who fell 1500 meters above the Gulf of Mexico from the Special Operations military plane and was last seen after deploying his parachute
- We are looking for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared on Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico
- The unidentified air force pilot was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
- He left a C-130 four-engine aircraft at around 1.45 pm from a height of 1500 feet
- He deployed his parachute and was last seen water treading in the Gulf, about four miles south of Hurlburt Field
- When the plane turned to pick up the man, crewmembers lost sight of him
- Different ships, three air force aircraft were deployed in the search
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also present
A desperate search is on the way for a missing kite who disappeared in the Gulf of Mexico after a parachute jump during a training exercise while he left a Special Operations military aircraft.
The unidentified Air Force pilot of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field left a C-130 four-engined aircraft above the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday at 1:45 PM when he suddenly disappeared into the water.
& # 39; The fall occurred during a parachute jump exercise from Hurlburt Field, & # 39; said a report from the Air Force Times.
The coast guard said the pilot was a staff sergeant in training and dropped out of the plane according to 1500 meters WEAR.
Some witnesses in that plane reported that they had seen the pilot's parachute deployed and saw him treading water, according to coast guard officials.
We are looking for a missing pilot who disappeared during a parachute jump in the Gulf of Mexico while leaving a Special Operations C-130 four-engine aircraft during a training exercise on Tuesday around 1.45 pm. Stock photo of a Lockheed Martin C-130J, similar to the plane from which the kite jumped, pictured above
Crew members aboard the C-130 aircraft lost sight of the kite when the aircraft made a turn in an attempt to pick it up after the incident.
The 24th SOW issued a statement on Tuesday evening announcing the search for the kite.
& # 39; An Airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing is currently being sought to leave his aircraft during a jump training scenario over the Gulf of Mexico, about four miles south of Hurlburt Field. More details will be released as they become available, & the statement said.
After the kite went into the water, several ships were deployed to search for it, as well as three air force aircraft. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was also on the spot when searching.
The search was still ongoing from 6 am on Wednesday.
The Coast Guard said the pilot was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the plane at 1,500 feet during training exercise. Crew member on the plane reported seeing his parachute deploy and saw him entering the Gulf below before they lost sight of him. Stock image of a 24th Special Operations Wing kite performing a military free fall above
The search also took place & # 39; about a mile and a half south of Santa Rosa Island in Florida & # 39 ;.
Crews from the coast guard station Destin assisted with the search on Tuesday night, about 10 miles off the coast south of Hurlburt Field, the headquarters of the Air Force Special operations Command.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Kamil Zdankowsk confirmed the incident Northwest Florida Daily News The kite fell off the plane and in the Gulf of Mexico a few miles south of Hulburt Field and the coast guard adjusted its search area based on currents in that area.
At the time of the incident it was 78F and the water in the Gulf was reported as high as 72F, however the sea temperatures vary greatly.
The Coast Guard asks anyone who may have seen something around the time the pilot was missing to call the Coast Guard Station Destin Command Center at (850) 244-7147.
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