Air Force releases A-10 accident report

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An accident investigation board determined pilot error caused an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft accident June 27 near Nancy, France. The aircraft belonged to the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

The pilot of the aircraft was killed when his A-10 crashed in a rural area a half-mile southwest of the town of Domptail.

According to the board report, the pilot mis-prioritized his tasks and failed to properly execute his descent to 500 feet above ground level during training maneuvers. Late recognition of his 32 degrees nose low attitude resulted in an attempt to recover the aircraft that was too late.

The accident occurred during a training mission. (Courtesy of U.S. Air Forces in Europe News Service)