Air Force to Pay Out $25 Million for Accidental F-16 Strafing Run That Killed Contractor

The family of a U.S. contractor accidentally killed during an Air Force live-fire training exercise will receive nearly $25 million from the U.S. government, a district judge ruled this week.

Charles Holbrook, a retired master sergeant and former Tactical Air Control Party airman, died Jan. 31, 2017, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, after an F-16 Fighting Falcon student pilot incorrectly identified the target location during the nighttime training, instead shooting at Holbrook’s location, according to court documents.

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Holbrook, who was working as a contractor for Sensors Unlimited, now a division of Raytheon Technologies, was killed when the student “mistook the line of rental cars for the similarly aligned target and was ordered to fire at the group, blowing up one of the rental cars and striking Holbrook in the head with a 20 mm round,”

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