Fighter pilot, U.S. Navy suffocated in the skies over Syria


Fotor: Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters

The pilot of one of two Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet United States Navy during the execution of tasks in the skies over Syria felt the lack of oxygen and made an emergency landing at the Incirlik air base in Turkey, according to The War Zone.

After landing, the pilot could not get out of the cockpit. Hurried to help the doctors found he had symptoms of hypoxia. The other fighter also urgently returned to base.

In the U.S. Navy publication confirmed the incident. Anonymous sources The War Zone said that initially flight of two F/A-18E/F Super Hornet was delayed due to a faulty oxygen system on one of the fighters, and subsequently faults found during flight and the second aircraft.

The incident occurred on March 7 this year with two F/A-18E/F Super Hornet from the 136th fighter squadron which as a part of carrier strike group the U.S. Navy, led by the aircraft carrier “Harry Truman” from may 3 took part in the shelling of the positions of the “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) in Syria.

In recent years, “physiological episodes” (sudden deterioration of health located in the cabin of an airplane pilot, which is manifested, in particular, dizziness, tingling fingers, and blurred vision) have been reported, for example, aircraft, Navy F/A-18 Hornet, EA-18G Growler, T-45 Goshawk and F-35 Lightning II.

According to a military doctor and Colonel, U.S. air force Jay Flottmann, incidents arise from the interaction of the aviation system of the fighter, the physical conditions of flight equipment and crew, which together have a “profound impact” on the physiological systems of man. The expert also noted that the rig crew and pre-flight tolerances in the air force and Navy differ.

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