September 5, 2021 by archyde
International Center / Comprehensive Report
Charles Holbrook, a retired air force chief officer in the United States, was driving near an air force base in New Mexico one night when he was mistakenly identified by an air force pilot flying an F-16 as a shooting target and fired. He was shot in the head and sent off. One and a half hours later, he died.
▲The pilot mistakenly recognized the target, leading to Holbrook’s death. (Schematic diagram, non-affected aircraft/document photo)
according to”Air Force TimesAccording to the report, court records show that the incident took place at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. At about 7 pm on January 31, 2017, the pilot was training with F-16 weapons, but he recognized the wrong target and fired. To Holbrook, who is driving.
Holbrook was hit in the head by a 20mm shell and was rushed to the Geral Champion Regional Medical Center, but died after being rescued. In response, Belen, his wife, who has been married to Holbrook for 22 years, filed a negligent death lawsuit against the Air Force and two unidentified F-16 pilots (a student and a teacher pilot) in the New Mexico District Court.
In October 2020, the two parties reached a settlement. Holbrooke’s family sought compensation for US$24.63 million (about NT$680 million), but the actual amount of the settlement was low and confidential. The Holbrooks’ lawyer Randy McKin said that Holbrook’s death shouldn’t have happened, and she hopes that the Air Force has taken measures to prevent similar accidents from happening.PUT 1xbet