US Navy: A US Navy pilot has died while flying a US Navy C-130J Hercules helicopter
Posted June 12, 2018 05:22:48A US Navy member who flew an Army C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in the Middle East in March died when he crashed in a mountain during a training mission, the US military said.
The pilot, identified as Lt Cmdr Anthony F. Pfeiffer, 33, died while on a training flight in northern Iraq in March.
The C-27J Hercules was transporting two members of the 1st Combat Aviation Squadron of the US Army Air Force to Iraq for a combat exercise, the military said in a statement on Sunday.
The group was flying from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, when they encountered a thunderstorm, the statement said.
“The crew ejected and landed safely.
The crew were later treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital.”
The pilot was not identified.
The aircraft was destroyed by a storm in the mountains.
The US military’s National Transportation Safety Board said it had no further information on the crash.
Pfeiffers family said in an online statement that he was “the sweetest, most loving, caring, and dedicated son” who was loved by all.
“He had a passion for life and the greater good,” the statement read.
Pete Pfeiffs, the father of the pilot, said his son had a “special gift” for “saving lives”.
“He loved being able to fly, and he loved his job,” he said.
Poe, who had been deployed to Iraq as a Marine, had recently joined the military.
The crash happened on the night of March 23.
Pfc Pete Pfeffers family posted a video to Facebook on Sunday saying his son was a “great guy” and a “fighter”.
“This is a tragic day, and the Pfeffer family is praying for the families and friends of the C-18 crewmembers and their families,” the video read.
“Pete is a wonderful guy, who was a true fighter pilot and loved being a Marine.
He was a warrior and a patriot, and loved his country.”
Pfeffer’s mother, Jennifer Pfeillers, posted a message on Facebook after the news broke.
“Our family is grieving, but it is time to turn to the Lord for comfort,” she wrote.
“We have heard so much about this tragedy and I ask you to pray for us as we come to terms with this sad news.”
The C130J is one of several military aircraft currently in use in Iraq.
It is one-third the size of the Boeing 757 that crashed in 2009 in the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, killing 29 people.