Here is TN-T coverage of yesterday’s testimony from Air Force Major (sel) Jared Foley:
The Joint Base Lewis-McChord pilot accused of dereliction of duty in the death of an Army paratrooper took to the witness stand Thursday to burnish his credentials as an experienced aviator and insist he believed he was following protocol when he approved what became a fatal airdrop.
Capt. Jared Foley,37,maintained there was no reason to cancel that airdrop because five previous passes over the same Montana air field had gone well according to the measurements he was reading on his aircraft and guidance he received from soldiers on the ground.
“The drop-zone controller is telling me everything is good on the ground,” Foley said.
On the sixth pass,Special Forces paratrooper Sgt. Francis Campion fell to his death when he was blown off course and struck a building.