posted on May, 5 2019 @ 01:31 AM
The Mishap Aircraft was the lead in a two ship, low level training flight that was part of a cross country from Vance AFB, to Minneapolis-St. Paul,
Minnesota. During the low level, the Mishap Pilot was looking over his left shoulder to find his wingman, when he heard a pop from the right. The
right engine fire warning light came on, and he had right side flight control hydraulic and generator failures. The wingman reported visible fire
coming from the aircraft. The MP ejected with minor injuries.
The flight completed five low level legs, four at 1,000 feet, one at 500 feet. The MP reported one bird seen during the flight that was not a factor.
On the sixth leg of the low level, the MA ingested a Swainson's Hawk in the right engine. This resulted in flight controls degrading (when the MP
attempted to climb from the low level, he had to put increasing amounts of nose up trim, in addition to full nose up on the control stick), and his
wingman reported yellow orange flame coming out from below the aircraft. Once the MP had reached a safe altitude to eject, he successfully initiated
the ejection process. He was later picked up by a farmer, who drove him to a State Police response unit, who evaluated him.