F-16 goes down at Kelly in joint-forces disaster drill


by Eric Gonzales / KENS 5


Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 10:23 AM

An air disaster played out at Kelly Field Friday morning in a disaster drill.  Rescuers from the Air Force and the city came together to join forces to handle the mock crash.

The scenario: F-16D's are on a mission when one develops an aircraft malfunction. They call in the emergency and head back to Kelly AFB.

“The hospitals don’t know this is coming. They will have one pilot show up to them with specific injuries,” said Col. John Kane, commander of the 149th fighter wing.

The joint exercise was designed to get San Antonio police, firefighters, and the Air Force all on the same page during an air disaster. The mock crash reinforced cooperation between the city and the military. 

“A lot of these people that we are going to meet today we have never met before, and it's always great to meet them before incident happen to build that relationship,” said San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood.

Police Chief William McManus has firsthand experience of an air disaster. He was on the scene when a 727 plunged into the Potomac River in Washington DC in 1982.

McManus said, “It was a 3-day operation because almost everybody perished in that crash.”

The last crash at Kelly took place on October 4, 1986 when a civilian C-130 cargo plane had a stuck elevator. The plane climbed straight up and rolled to the left and didn’t make it past the runway. 

Three people died in that crash.