Search Underway For Airman Who Fell From Plane Into Gulf Of Mexico

U.S. Air Force C-130 Aircraft

A search is underway for a Florida-based U.S. Air Force airman who fell from a C-130 aircraft into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Around 1:45 p.m. on November 5, 2019, the staff sergeant fell out of the plane at 1,500 feet during a training exercise four miles south of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Fellow crew members reported that the airman was able to deploy his parachute and was later seen treading water.

But when the plane circled back to regain sight of the staff sergeant, the crew members were unable to spot him again.

Search and recovery crews were immediately called to aid in locating the airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Additional personnel and assets from the Air Force, Coast Guard, Army Special Forces, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office have joined in the search for the missing airman.