The A-10 pilot was evaluated by medical personnel and appears to be uninjured
On Nov. 7, 2018 at about 12:30 pm local time, the 185th Air Refueling Wing received notification of an in-flight emergency from an Air National Guard A-10. The pilot, a member of the Idaho Air National Guard, reported a partial loss of the aircraft’s canopy.
According to the unit News Release, shortly after reporting the in-flight emergency, members of the 185th Air Refueling Wing prepared to respond to the emergency landing. The pilot was able to safely land the aircraft without further incident.
The pilot was evaluated by medical personnel and appears to be uninjured.
The aircraft, an A-10 assigned to the Indiana Air National Guard’s 122d Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne, Indiana, had been on loan with the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing in Boise, Idaho. The aircraft was being flown from Boise to Fort Wayne with a planned stop in Sioux City for fuel.
An Air National Guard investigation team is currently en route to Sioux City to investigate this incident. Safety is a priority with the Air National Guard and the incident will be thoroughly investigated.
Noteworthy on Jul. 20, 2017, during a strafing run in the A-10 while flying over the Grayling Air Gunnery Range in northern Michigan, the cannon of the A-10 flown by Maj. Brett DeVries from 107th Fighter Squadron, jammed causing the canopy to jettison in mid-air. Compounding the issue, the attack jet’s landing gear was locked in the up position and most of the radio systems were knocked offline.
Despite the difficulties, DeVries was able to recover the aircraft to land at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center with minimal damage to the plane. The aircraft’s tires, which are partially exposed on an A-10 to allow for a wheels-up landing, blew out on touchdown. DeVries was able to maintain partial control of the aircraft. No one was injured in the emergency and the aircraft suffered only minimal damage.
For his excellence airmanship in recovering the stricken aircraft, the Daedalians – a national military aviation organization – awarded the Joe Foss Award to Maj. Brett DeVries.
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