Friday, December 28, 2018

Northrop T-38A Talon, United States Air Force: Incident occurred December 28, 2018 at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (KPHF), Virginia

UPDATE: Dec 28, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

The T-38 Talon has been removed from the runway at Newport News Airport. Thank you to our Airman, mission partners and community partners for your support and hard work today. Joint Base Langley-Eustis 

Dec 28, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

A United States Air Force T-38 Talon from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia was involved in a landing incident at 11 a.m., at the Newport News Airport with one person on board.

There were no fatalities or injuries. Emergency officials from Langley AFB are on scene, working to safely clear the aircraft from the runway as soon as possible.

“Today we are fortunate that our pilots have the training they need to react in emergency situations, such as the incident that occurred today,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds, 1st Fighter Wing commander. “I am thankful that everyone is safe, and thank you to the Newport News Airport for your support and understanding.”

A board of officers has been appointed to investigate the incident.  Joint Base Langley-Eustis 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) -- The Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport was closed for approximately four hours on Friday following an incident involving a military aircraft.

Jessica Wharton, a spokesperson for the airport, tells an aircraft from Joint Base Langley-Eustis was performing a training exercise when the plane began to have issues with its nose gear.

This caused the aircraft to slide off the runway.

Officials with Langley-Eustis said in a Facebook post the aircraft involved was a United States Air Force T-38 Talon. There were no injuries or fatalities in the incident, the post said.

A board of officers has been appointed to investigate the crash.

Initially, Wharton said the airport would be closed for one to two hours, but clearing the runway took longer than expected. 

The airport and airfield reopened around 5 p.m., according to their Twitter. 

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