TU-2S ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION RELEASED

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Air Combat Command officials released the TU-2S Accident Investigation Board results April 19, 2017.

The TU-2S crash occurred Sept. 20, 2016 near Sutter, California during a training mission after the aircraft entered an unintentional secondary stall and the two pilots ejected.

During the ejection sequence, the instructor pilot, Lt. Col. Ira S. Eadie, was killed, and a second pilot received minor injuries.

“Beale’s Airmen have shown resilience in the months following the crash,” said Col. Larry Broadwell, 9th RW commander. “This tragedy impacted the Eadie family, Beale, and the local community. We will continue to provide support to those affected and always remember the sacrifice Lt. Col. Eadie made in the line of duty.”

Since the incident the Eadie family has appreciated the support they have received from friends, Beale, and the local community but would like privacy at this time.

"The results of the accident investigation were presented to us, affording our family some small degree of closure during this difficult situation,” said the Eadie family. “We would like to thank the entire investigation team for their diligent efforts in helping make sense of this tragedy.  We greatly appreciate the love and support from all who have assisted over the past few months.  We would also like to thank you in advance for respecting our family's privacy during this current period of grieving.”

 For more information, contact Air Combat Command Public Affairs at (757) 764-5007 or via e-mail at accpa.operations@us.af.mil.