April 17, 2014
A faulty seatbelt and the failure
of an Air Force pilot to properly check he was strapped in led to
the fatal crash of a Snowbird jet two years ago in Montana.
In its final report into the May 2007 crash, the Air Force notes
that Capt. Shawn McCaughey experienced problems with the seat belt
latch in his jet at least three times before.
The report says McCaughey may not have died had he done the
right check on the day of the crash to ensure his harness was done
The pilot was flying upside down during a pre-show practice
session over Great Falls, Mont., when he fell out of his seat and
lost control of the plane.
The report says McCaughey was under significant stress at the
time and may not have been mentally prepared for the flight.