1 Air Force pilot dead, 1 injured in Texas crash

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, fly over the East China Sea. On Monday, a fighter jet from Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas crashed, killing one pilot and injuring another. File Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force/UPI

Nov. 21 (UPI) — One U.S. Air Force pilot is dead and another injured after a trainer jet crashed in Texas on Monday.

A T-38 Talon crashed about 14 miles northwest of the Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas, at approximately 4 p.m. local time, base officials said.

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

Names of the pilots have not yet been released.

The incident is under investigation.

Military.com reported that witnesses saw a pilot descend from the air in a parachute.


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