Texas military base reports Air Force pilot dead, 2 injured in runway ‘mishap’

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Texas military base reports Air Force pilot dead, 2 injured in runway ‘mishap’

An Air Force pilot was killed Friday and two others were injured during a “mishap” runway incident involving two aircraft in Texas, officials said. 

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. and involved two T-38C Talon planes, according to a news release from the 47th Flying Training Wing at Laughlin Air Force Base near Del Rio, which sits on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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A pilot based at Laughlin Air Force Base died Friday and two others were injured during a runway incident, officials said. 
(Senior Airman Nicholas Larsen/Air Force)

“Losing teammates is unbelievably painful and it is with a heavy heart I express my sincere condolences,” said Col. Craig Prather, commander of the training wing. “Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with the pilots involved in this mishap and their families.”

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One of the injured pilots was taken to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio and treated and released. The other pilot was evacuated to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and remains in critical condition. 

A T-38 Talon with the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., begins to climb in altitude en route to a training range over the Gulf of Mexico.

A T-38 Talon with the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., begins to climb in altitude en route to a training range over the Gulf of Mexico.
(U.S Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor/Released)

The names of those involved in the deadly incident have not been released. 

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An investigation is ongoing. The 47th Flying Training Wing trains pilots in the Air Force and its reserve and National Guard components. The unit uses T-6A Texan II, T-38C Talon, and T-1A Jayhawk aircraft to prepare airmen, according to the unit’s website. 

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. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve White)

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. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve White)

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The extent of the damage to the planes was not disclosed. 

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Source: Al-Rai

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