A-29 turboprop crashes in New Mexico

A Sierra Nevada Corp A-29 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico on Friday.

The Embraer A-29 was taking part in the US Air Force's Light Attack Experiment program when it crashed at the Red Rio Bombing Range which is located within White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

One of crew member died in the accident while the other sustained minor injuries, Holloman AFB said in a release.

The Red Rio Bombing Range is an active Air Force facility that encompasses approximately 196,000 acres on White Sands Missile Range.

The A-29 is a combat proven aircraft with precision ground attack capabilities built in Jacksonville, Florida by Sierra Nevada Corporation under license from Brazilian Embraer, The aircraft has been delivered to US allies including Afghanistan and Lebanon.

US Air Force is trialing the aircraft for a potential acquisition as a low cost light-attack and reconnaissance aircraft for a low threat environment.

The introduction of A-29 can bring huge savings to the Air Force, as the present fourth and fifth generation fighters are expensive to fly and maintain.

For instance the amount of fuel it takes to keep a light-attack aircraft in the air for an hour with weapons aboard is the amount the F-15E Strike Eagle uses taxiing down the runway in six minutes.