Sheppard accident investigation board convenes

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE_Press Release_An accident investigation board of officers has been convened by the commander of Air Education and Training Command to investigate the May 1 aircraft accident at Sheppard Air Force Base that killed two Airmen.

Instructor pilot Maj. Brad T. Funk and student pilot 2nd Lt. Alec F. Littler were killed when their T-38C Talon crashed during a routine training flight.

Chaired by Col. Richard Haddad of 23rd Air Force, Hurlburt Field, Fla., the accident investigation board will investigate the accident and produce a publicly releasable report. Colonel Haddad is a selectee for promotion to brigadier general.

In addition to setting forth factual information concerning the accident, the board president is required to provide his opinion concerning the cause or causes of the accident and describe any factors that may have substantially contributed to the accident.

After the report has been approved by the commander of Air Education and Training Command, it will be presented to the family of each of the pilots who died in the crash. When the family has been personally informed, the report will be released to the general public.

Information regarding the status of the investigation will not be released until it is complete.