One Air Force pilot killed, two injured in runway accident at Texas base

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An Air Force pilot was killed and two were injured in a fatal “plane crash” Friday at a Texas base.

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According to the Air Force, two T-38 planes crashed on the runway at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, east of the border city of Del Rio, at around 10 a.m. Friday.

pilot killed Identified on Sunday Second Lieutenant Anthony de Wentz, 23, as a student pilot from Falcon, Colorado, with the 47th Student Squadron.


Colonel Craig Prather, commander of the training wing, said in a statement, “A loss like this affects all of us, but in times of crisis the one thing we never fail to do is come together, support each other.” support and respond.” “Our focus remains on supporting the families involved and our thoughts and prayers are with them and our teammates today.”

One of the injured pilots was taken to a hospital in Del Rio, where he was treated and released on Friday. The other injured pilot was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and was in critical condition as of Friday.

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Granthshala was unable to reach the 47th Flying Training Wing for additional updates.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with our pilots and their families involved in this accident,” Prather said.

The 47th Flying Training Wing provides “graduate pilot training” for the US Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. according to air forceThe T-38 aircraft is a “high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer” used primarily for advanced pilot training. The aircraft needs 2,300 feet of runway to take off and can reach speeds of up to 812 mph.

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