The Air Force is searching for an airman who fell from an C-130 Hercules transport aircraft during a training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico, the service announced on Tuesday.
The airman, assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing, “exited his aircraft during a jump training scenario over the Gulf of Mexico approximately 4 miles south” of Hurlburt Field in Florida, according to an Air Force statement.
FLorida ABC News affiliate WEAR-TV reports that the airman, a staff sergeant, exited the aircraft at around 1,500 feet and managed to deploy his parachute before hitting the water.
Crew members aboard the C-130 “initially saw the airman treading water but lost sight of him while making a turn in an effort to pick him up,” Fox News reports.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.