LAS VEGAS (AP) - The head of an Air Force accident review board
says a July 30 F-15 crash that killed a pilot over the Nevada desert was caused by a combination of factors.
Brig. Gen. Robert Otto said Monday that imperfections in the jet's nose cone and an imbalance in the fuel tanks hindered Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley as he tried to recover from a flat spin.
Otto says the plane spun roughly 20 times in 87 seconds before Bouley recovered and ejected.
Otto says that by the time Bouley ejected he was too low for his parachute to work properly. Another pilot successfully ejected from
the F-15's back seat four-tenths of a second earlier.
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