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US missile expert died from the bends in high-altitude test

Posted on AllSides April 16th, 2024
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A 33-year-old civilian missile specialist died of decompression sickness, also known as the bends, caused by a high-altitude test flight on a U.S. Air Force jet, a report has revealed. The specialist, assigned to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), who had recently had COVID-19, was onboard a C-17 aircraft during a missile-testing mission near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, on August 21, 2023. The report into the mishap was released by the U.S. Air Force on Friday. The employee, who has not been named, fell ill shortly after the unpressurized simulated...

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