30 Nov '17, 3am

T-6As remain grounded at Vance Air Force Base after hypoxia scares

Two weeks after hypoxia scares led the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma to ground its T-6A Texan II aircraft, it remains unknown when flying operations will resume. Vance stopped flying its T-6As on Nov. 15 after “physiological incidents” happened during four flights since Nov. 1. The incidents affected four instructor pilots and one student pilot there. Flight operations for the T-1A Jayhawk and T-38 Talon at Vance are still ongoing. Vance public affairs chief Terri Schaefer said Wednesday that the pilots “experienced mental disorientations in conjunction with classic hypoxia systems.” Hypoxia is too little oxygen in the body. Schaefer said the cause of the hypoxia has not yet been found. Aviators, medical personnel and industry experts are still reviewing the incidents and looking for a solution, she said, but Vance is not sure when the pause...

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