Officials with the United States Navy say the pilot killed in a crash at a New Mexico Air Force base had local roots.
Navy Lt. Christopher Carey Short, of Canandaigua, was piloting the A-29 Super Tucano jet when it crashed around 11:30 a.m. local time over the Red Rio Bombing Range, part of White Sands Missile Range, just 65 miles north of Holloman Air Force Base, according to a post to Facebook by Holoman’s 49th Wing.
The incident took place during a training flight, which was part of the Air Force’s Light Attack Experiment, U.S. military officials noted.
The Friday test was to determine whether the Air Force would select the Textron Aviation AT-6 Wolverine or the A-29 Super Tucano to make up its fleet of light attack aircrafts, Military.com reported.
“There’s no way to describe the shock of this loss and the sadness we feel for his family,” Air Force Col. Houston Cantwell, commander of Holloman’s 49th Wing, said in a statement. “He did pioneering work in aviation that will help shape American air power for years to come. We’re thankful to have known him and grateful for his devotion to duty.”
The crash marked the second for an A-29 in a little over a year. Previously, an A-29 crashed near Moody Air Force base in Georgia. An Air Force report released in December blamed an engine problem and “visibility restrictions from the rear cockpit.”
The accident remains under investigation, according to officials.