On Monday afternoon, a tragedy occurred near Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas. A T-38 Talon crashed and resulted in the death of one Air Force pilot and the injury of another.
The two pilots were navigating a T-38 Talon, a twin-engine supersonic training jet, near the base at around 4 p.m. They were reportedly located roughly 14 miles northwest of the Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio.
According to the Washington Post, the fleet of T-38s was built by Northrop Corp. between 1961 and 1972. The Air Force officials said that even though components of the fleet have been modified or replaced, they are planning on replacing all of them. However, the contract for the replacement had been delayed.
Onlookers reportedly saw a parachute go off with a lone pilot that descended near the crash.
The accident resulted in the death of one of the pilots and serious injuries in another. The two airmen have not yet been publicly identified by the military. The injured airman was transported to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio.
On Monday night, Col. Michelle Pryor, the 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, said, “Our biggest priority at this time is caring for the family and friends of our Airmen.”
“We are a close-knit family, and when a tragedy like this occurs every member of the U.S. Armed Forces feels it,” Pryor added. “Our people take top priority, and we are committed to ensuring their safety and security.”
The U.S. Air Force made an announcement about the accident on Twitter.
They said, “It is with great sadness we announce the passing of one of our own and the injury of another Airman during a plane crash near Del Rio, Texas. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the families, friends, and Airmen affected by this tragedy.”
Please keep the family and friends of this U.S. Air Force pilot who passed away in your prayers. Also, pray for a swift recovery for the injured airman. In other recent news, here is a list of the American celebrities who have passed away this month.