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Crazy/sad story of a Combat Controller just ID’d by the Air Force that unintentionally came out of the back of a 130 into the Gulf of Mexico. Massive search effort was unsuccessful.
 

 

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2019/11/10/air-force-identifies-combat-controller-lost-in-gulf-of-mexico/

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Rest easy, brother! 

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Absolute tragedy, freak accident. Just awful.

 

 

 

 

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RIP 🍺 

 

"Unplanned parachute departure"...is that a chute opening in the aircraft or the harness failing on opening? 

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Other open source reports mention the reserve chute deploying in the aircraft.

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13 minutes ago, raimius said:

RIP 🍺 

 

"Unplanned parachute departure"...is that a chute opening in the aircraft or the harness failing on opening? 

"Praying for him and his family"

Here's some info from Friday - via my local grapevine/I live in Mary Esther (take with a serious grain of salt but it does sound plausible): "His emergency parachute somehow accidentally deployed while he was standing near the aircraft ramp. 
He was then pulled out of the plane and possibly injured in the process.
After he landed in the water he was seen alive and looked to be treading water.
They are trained to immediately remove their gear so not to impede swimming or treading water.
His gear was recovered by search teams, but he has not been found.
He has 2 children."
 

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I watched them load up as I drove by the runway on my way to work. I was wondering why a few hours later a 130 was circling so low over the gulf. My buddy was in the air as the search started, the amount of help and support was pretty humbling, fighters, bombers, tankers from all over the south were overhead almost immediately (relatively speaking) 

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19 hours ago, Skitzo said:

Absolute tragedy, freak accident. Just awful.



"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."

I don’t understand the relevance of the quote here.

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I don’t understand the relevance of the quote here.

 

Ugh... wow. Bad timing. I just changed my signature block to Hanlons Razor about a week ago?

 

Jesus that is bad. So sorry. Q-3 for low SA stand by for changing it back.

 

No offense meant.

 

 

 

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I knew Cole personally. We are from the same hometown. He was an awesome example to my teenage boys; they really looked up to him. He had an awesome wife and two little girls. 
 

Here’s the link to the official go fund me for the family.  https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-condiff-family

If you want to get a glimpse into his character, here’s his deployment reunion at last years MLB all star game. 

 

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13 hours ago, Skitzo said:

 

Ugh... wow. Bad timing. I just changed my signature block to Hanlons Razor about a week ago?

 

Jesus that is bad. So sorry. Q-3 for low SA stand by for changing it back.

 

No offense meant.

 

 

 

Ah, I figured it couldn't have been intended the way it looked at first glance. No prob.

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