USAF T-38 TALON CRASHES IN TEXAS

A U.S. Air Force trainer jet crashed in Texas, killing one pilot and injuring another.

USAF T-38 Talon trainer jet crashes
U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon trainer jet crashes in Texas (Photo: USAF)

November 20, 2017 - A U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon based in Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, crashed at around 4 p.m. today approximately 14 miles northwest of the base near Spur 454 and U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas. One pilot is dead, and one was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center.

During the hours after the accident, Laughlin emergency response personnel and local responders were on scene to assist in recovery efforts.

The causes of the accident are still unknown, a board of officers will convene to investigate it.

“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."

The 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. Air Education and Training Command is the primary user of the T-38 for joint specialized undergraduate pilot training. Air Combat Command, Air Force Materiel Command and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration also use the T-38A in various roles.

The USAF has already started the aircraft replacement program, all details are available here.


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