Air Force instructor pilot killed when ejection seat activated on the ground

An Air Force instructor pilot was tragically killed when their ejection seat activated prematurely on the ground at a Texas military base.

The incident occurred at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, involving a T-6A Texan II aircraft during ground operations.

The T-6A Texan II is a crucial training aircraft utilized by the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps for pilot instruction

The ejection seat, a vital safety feature, activated due to unknown reasons, resulting in the pilot's death.

The T-6 fleet and other military jets underwent grounding in 2022 due to potential defects in the ejection seat's cartridge actuated devices

Ejection seats are designed to save pilots' lives, but they can fail, as seen in previous incidents like the F-16 crash in 2020