SAFB: Explains T-38 ejection seats

SAFB: Current T-38 ejection seats better than old ones

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - A crash at Sheppard Air Force Base leaves two pilots injured.

SAFB officials said the accident happened just after 10 a.m. when the aircraft left the runway before take off.

The two pilots were ejected from the T-38, and at last check, both were said to be in stable condition.

Kimberly Parker, the Deputy of Public Affairs at the 82nd Training Wing, said those ejection seats in the aircraft are a huge improvement from the old ones.

She said all of the T-38s got the upgraded seats in 2013, making it easier for the pilots to deploy because they can eject from the aircraft by pulling a single handle.

She adds they are also a zero-zero seat, which means the pilot can eject from zero feet altitude at zero velocity and still be safe.

Parker said if a pilot was ejected from the old seats it could have been deadly in this given situation.

Since this accident is still under investigation she could not say if the pilots were at zero-zero but did confirm the airmen had not taken off yet and were able to eject from the seat from the runway.

Parke said more information on this incident will be released once the base is done helping their team work through the situation.

On May 1, 2008 a T-38 crash at Sheppard did turn deadly.

The aircraft crashed just short of the runway killing the pilot instructor and student pilot.

The two airmen were attempting a simulated single engine landing approach. Both ejected but investigators said they collided with each other, which prevented their parachutes from opening.

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