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USAFE-AFAFRICA releases investigation results on Airman’s death caused by shelter collapse

Release Number: 031017

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of their investigation into the shelter collapse that caused the death of an Airman in Jordan last April.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the board president, Col. Kelly J. Scott, found that Airman 1st Class Nathaniel McDavitt was fatally injured when a section of a clamshell shelter collapsed on a wooden break area he was in. The shelter collapsed due to an intense dust storm with winds of 51 knots directed at the shelter. While taking accountability after the collapse, his co-workers found him unresponsive and began administering life-saving actions while emergency crews were in route. McDavitt was transported to a nearby hospital where he died six days later on April 15, 2016.

At the time of the incident, McDavitt, was a member of the 407th Expeditionary Maintenance Group, deployed from the 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

The primary purpose of the board was to provide a publicly releasable report of the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident.

For more information contact the USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs Office at 011-49-6371-47-6558.