News Plane Crashes — 21 November 2017

SAN ANGELO, Texas — A military aircraft crashed near Lake Amistad on Monday afternoon killing one pilot and injuring another, Laughlin Air Force Base confirmed.

Names of the pilots were being withheld until family could be notified.

he base released this statement just before 6 p.m. CT:

“An Air Force T-38 Talon assigned here at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, crashed at approximately 4 p.m. today approximately 14 miles northwest of the base near Spur 454 and U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas.

“At the time of release, Laughlin emergency response personnel and local responders were on scene to assist in recovery efforts.

“A board of officers will investigate the accident.”

“Our biggest priority at this time is caring for the family and friends of our Airmen,” said Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander.

“We are a close knit family, and when a tragedy like this occurs every member of the U.S. Armed Forces feels it. Our people take top priority, and we are committed to ensuring their safety and security.”

A T-38 Talon is “a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record,” according to the Air Force’s website.

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The site further states: “Air Education and Training Command uses the T-38C to prepare pilots for front-line fighter and bomber aircraft.”

The T-38 has a crew of two: a student and instructor. It was unclear which survived Monday’s accident.

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