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Pilot in Kinnick flyover resigns from military

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 24, 2011 7:20 AM

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Christopher Kopacek, a pilot with the 25th Flying Training Squadron, which flew hundreds of feet below what regulations allow during an Iowa-Ohio State game on Nov. 20, 2010, resigned on Wednesday.

Kopacek submitted a request to give up his aeronautical rating and will separate from the Air Force of his own accord.

The pilot violated several Articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including flying over a congested area below 1,000 feet above ground level. The investigation found that the aircraft flew directly over the Kinnick Stadium scoreboard, which is 118 feet above ground level, according to a news release from Vance Air Force Base.


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