The Navy announced that one of its pilots died when the A-29 Super Tucano he was flying crashed Friday at a bombing range in New Mexico.

Lt. Christopher Carey Short, of Canandaigua, New York, died June 22 while piloting the the light attack aircraft over Red Rio Bombing Range, which is part of the White Sands Missile Range north of Holloman Air Force Base.

A second pilot was airlifted to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Air Force is in its second of round of its light attack experiment to determine whether to buy light attack planes to carry out combat missions in the Middle East. The testing pits the Super Tucano against Textron’s AT-6 Wolverine.

Stephen Weigand is digital content editor at Sightline Media Group.

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