Monday, November 20, 2017

Northrop T-38C Talon, United States Air Force Fatal accident occurred November 20, 2017 in Del Rio, Val Verde County, Texas



DEL RIO, Texas - A small military plane crashed near Lake Amistad Monday, killing the pilot and sending another person on board to the hospital.

The Laughlin Air Force Base said the pilot of the plane died, while the other person was transferred to the Val Verde Regional Medical Center.

The Air Force said it was one of their planes assigned to the Laughlin Air Force Base that crashed at about 4 p.m. Monday. The crash happened approximately 14 miles northwest of the base.

"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 Val Verde Sheriff's Department and Laughlin Air Force bases are investigating. Emergency crews are on scene.

Officials are asking people traveling in the area to not block the flow of traffic during the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤  http://news4sanantonio.com



DEL RIO, Texas - The Val Verde County Sheriff’s Department confirmed it is investigating after a plane crashed near Lake Amistad on Monday.


According to a KSAT viewer, the plane went down near Highway 90 West and Agua Dulce Trail, near the lake.


The Air Force confirmed it was a Talon T-38 plane assigned to Laughlin AFB that crashed around 4 p.m.


Laughlin emergency response personnel and local responders responded to the scene to assist in recovery efforts.


A board of officers will investigate the accident. 


Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.ksat.com


A Northrop T-38C Talon crashed near Lake Amistad on Monday afternoon, Laughlin Air Force Base confirmed.


The base released this statement just before 6 p.m.: 


"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."


According to the Del Rio News-Herald, witnesses said they saw someone parachute away from the crash.


Laughlin has not yet addressed whether there were injuries or fatalities


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.


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


The Northrop T-38C Talon a crew of two: a student and instructor.


Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.gosanangelo.com

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