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Sheppard Air Force Base pilot killed in ejection identified

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Sheppard Air Force Base officials have identified the instructor pilot who lost his life earlier this week.

Captain John Robertson of the 80th Operations Support Squadron succumbed to his injuries early Tuesday morning, May 14.

On Monday, May 13, Robertson was severely injured during ground operations when the ejection seat of the T-6A Texan II aircraft in which he was activated.

“This is a devastating loss for Captain Robertson’s family and loved ones, and for the entire 80th Flying Training Wing,” said Col. Mitchell J. Cok, the acting wing commander. “Captain Robertson was a highly valued Airman and instructor pilot. Our deepest condolences go with all who knew and loved him.”

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According to SAFB officials, Cok also expressed gratitude for the first responders to the incident.

“We are thankful for the M1 maintenance team who immediately provided live-sustaining care, and for the heroic efforts of the security forces, fire and medical personnel here on base and at United Regional Hospital. Their efforts allowed time for Captain Robertson’s family to be at his side when he passed.”

An interim safety board investigation was convened immediately after the incident, officials stated. A full Air Force Safety Investigation Board is expected to be in place later this week.

The board will release that report when the investigation is complete, SAFB officials announced.

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