Air Force grounds T-6A training plane


Oil line problem brings training plane to the ground

Photo of Sig Christenson

The Air Force said Tuesday that it’s grounded an airplane used to train novice pilots, saying it has an oil line problem. 

The T-6A Texan II, a propeller-driven plane that has been used over the last 14 years in the Air Force’s initial Joint Primary Training Course, which introduces students to flying, was grounded April 10, idling 445 planes – nearly half of them flown at three Texas installations, including Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. 

Just how the oil line was malfunctioning or how the Air Force would train pilots while the plane remains idled wasn’t clear, but Capt. Jason Smith, a spokesman for the Air Education and Training Command at Randolph, described the decision to ground the T-6A as precautionary. 

“There were no accidents or injuries in regard to the T-6 stand down,” he said.

The Raytheon Aircraft-built Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer used to teach basic flying skills to Air Force and Navy pilots. The aircraft is fully aerobatic and features a pressurized cockpit with an anti-G system, ejection seat and an advanced avionics package with sunlight-readable liquid crystal displays. It is the military trainer version of Raytheon’s Beech/Pilatus PC-9 Mk II.



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