Royal Air Force Has Been Forbidden from Dropping Bombs Below 1000 Feet
Unbeknownst to both Mileusnic and McQueen, dropping weapons from altitudes below 1,000 feet was not authorized, the court heard.
An investigation into the crash of a CF-18 on Nov. 28, 2016 has revealed that according to the National Defence Flying Orders Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fighter pilots are not allowed to fly below 1,000 feet except when on an approach, take-off or landing.
Capt. Christopher Mileusnic from 4 Wing Cold Lake was given a $2000 fine by a military court for flying below that altitude during a training mission to drop inert bombs. His wingman, Capt. Thomas McQueen, was killed in a crash during the same mission.
However, as reported by Edmonton Journal, Military Judge Lt.-Col. Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil said imposing the maximum sentence, given the circumstances, would be absurd.