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Moody tries to locate ejection seat

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The ejection seat looks like the one Moody is missing. (Source: Moody Airforce Base) The ejection seat looks like the one Moody is missing. (Source: Moody Airforce Base)
The plane that crashed is similar to this one. Price: $17 million The plane that crashed is similar to this one. Price: $17 million

U. S. Air Force personnel are scouring the South Georgia countryside in an effort to find the ejection seat of one of its aircraft which crashed . 

The pilot safely bailed out of the A-10 'Warthog' Monday afternoon over Cook County, Ga.

Moody's Col. Billy D. Thompson says it could take up to 60 days before safety investigation board releases its  report on the cause of the crash.

According to a USAF document, the last crash involving a jet attached to Moody AFB occurred in May 2010.

 In that case, an A-10 Thunderbolt, also known by its nickname "Warthog", crashed after take off. The pilot safely ejected but the $17 million aircraft was destroyed.

Here is a statement sent out Tuesday by Moody officials--

 MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – The Advanced Concept Ejection Seat from the A-10C Thunderbolt II has not been located after a pilot ejected from the aircraft on Sept. 26, 2011 at approximately 2:45 p.m. in a non residential area northeast of Berlin, Georgia in Cook County.

The aircraft ejection seat is expected to be located in the vicinity of the crash site.

The Advanced Concept Ejection Seat is used to safely eject a pilot from an aircraft. The seat's high pressure lines and actuators have potential hazards following ejection due to pressurization of seat components.

If the Advanced Concept Ejection Seat is found, do not approach it, take note of the location, leave the area and keep others away.

Then, contact the 23rd Wing Command Post at (229) 257-3501.

"The safety of the local community and our Airmen is one of my top priorities," said Colonel Billy Thompson, 23rd Wing commander. "We are thankful the community, first responders and pilots remained safe during this incident."

Should you have any questions pertaining to this topic, please feel free to contact Moody Air Force Base Public Affairs Office at 229-257-3007.

Also, visit Moody's official website www.moody.af.mil for more information on Moody and to view current news releases. Information is updated daily on our Facebook page, simply search Moody Air Force Base Official.

 

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