Coast Guard Searches for Airman Who Fell from C-130 While Training over Gulf of Mexico

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A C-130 Hercules flies during a training mission over Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 24, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)
A C-130 Hercules flies during a training mission over Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 24, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)

Coast Guard crews from several Gulf Region stations are searching for an airman who fell from a C-130 transport aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, an Air Force statement said.

The unidentified airman, who is assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla., "exited his aircraft during a jump training scenario over the Gulf of Mexico approximately 4 miles south" of the installation, the statement said.

The search was confirmed Tuesday by Coast Guard Petty Officer Kamil Zdankowski, who told the Northwest Florida Daily News that crews were adjusting the search area based on currents.

The Air Force and Florida Fish and Wildlife are assisting in the search, according to the Alabama Media Group.

Hurlburt Field, on the Florida panhandle, is headquarters of Air Force Special Operations Command.

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