UPDATED: Nov 20, 2017 8:34 PM CT:
Laughlin AFB released an updated statement. One pilot is deceased and another one is injured.
One pilot is dead, and one was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center when an Air Force T-38 Talon assigned here at 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.
Laughlin and local emergency responders are on scene.
The names of the pilots are being withheld for next of kin notification.
A board of officers will convene to investigate the incident.
“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.”
A T-38C aircraft crashed today near Del Rio, Texas. The aircraft was assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas. There is no word yet on the condition of the pilot or pilots.
Laughlin AFB released the following on Facebook.
The T-38 is a high performance jet aircraft primarily used to train pilots at Undergraduate Pilot Training. Student pilots are typically ‘tracked’ or are selected to fly the T-38 after a six month stint of flying the T-6 primary trainer. T-38 student pilots then usually receive fighter and bomber assignments after graduation. The aircraft first flew in 1959. The jet has undergone extensive avionics modifications over the past decade and is now known as the T-38C. The Air Force is evaluating T-38 replacements under the T-X program.
This is a breaking news story. We will update as we receive more information.
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