Pilot killed after USAF training jet crashes in Texas

Frederick Owens
November 22, 2017

The twin-jet, two-seat aircraft assigned to Laughlin near Del Rio went down near Amistad Reservoir about 14 miles (23 kilometers) northwest of the base.

One pilot is dead and another was injured after a T-38 Talon crashed Monday afternoon in Texas, according to the Military Times.

One Air Force pilot died and another was injured after their plane crashed outside a military base in the USA state of Texas, military officials said.

The cause of the crash wasn't immediately released, but a board of officers will convene to investigate the incident.

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The names of the pilots are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The second pilot was transferred to a local hospital, the statement said. The Air Force wants to replace the Talons, but a contract to do so has been delayed. "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", Col. Michelle Pryor, a 47th vice commander, said in a separate statement.

According to Northrop Grumman website, the T-38 Talon was the world's first supersonic trainer when it entered service in 1961.

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