1 Air Force pilot dead, 1 injured in Texas crash

A group of USAF T-38 Talons fly over Mississippi. Officials said a T-38 crashed in Texas on Monday, killing one pilot. File Photo by U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Lile/UPI

By Ray Downs – UPI

One U.S. Air Force pilot was killed and another injured when a trainer jet crashed in Texas 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., 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 victim 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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