Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Afghan Super Tucano fighter crashes during training

An Afghan Air Force A-29A Super Tucano turboprop aircraft has crashed during a routine training flight from U.S. Air Force's Moody Air Force base in Georgia, US.

The two pilots from the 81st Fighter Squadron ejected safely from the aircraft and were later released after medical evaluation.

The aircraft crashed in a residential area near Homerville in southern part of Georgia. There were no reported injuries or damage to nearby structures.

The Embraer-Sierra Nevada Corporation A-29A Super Tucano is the only fixed wing attack aircraft asset of AAF. Twenty of these light attack aircraft has been ordered for AAF by USAF. A total of eight aircraft has been delivered to AAF as of July 2016 and the delivery in batches will be completed by December 2018. The 81st Fighter Squadron provide training to pilots and maintainers from the Afghan Air Force.

The Super Tucano is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68C turboprop engine rated at 1,196 kW (1,600 shp). It have five hardpoints, two under each wing and one under fuselage centreline) with a total payload capacity of 1,550 kg.