- An airman was killed and another injured in Del Rio when military jet crashed
- Authorities said the T-38 Talon jet aircraft went down around 4pm on Monday
- Officials said the aircraft was assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas
An airman has been killed and another injured after an Air Force training jet crashed near Amistad Reservoir on the Texas-Mexico border.
An Air Force statement says the twin-jet, two-seat T-38 Talon jet aircraft assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base near Del Rio went down about 4pm Monday about 14 miles northwest of the base.
One airman was dead at the scene. The injured airman was taken to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio.
An airman has been killed and another injured after an Air Force training jet (file image) crashed near Amistad Reservoir on the Texas-Mexico border
No identities have been released, and no information has been made available regarding what led to the crash.
‘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 US Armed Forces feels it. Our people take top priority, and we are committed to ensuring their safety and security.’
It wasn’t immediately clear what cause the crash. A board of Air Force officers will investigate.
The T-38 Talon jets are primarily used by the Air Education and Training Command for joint specialized undergraduate pilot training.
But the aircraft are also used by the Air Combat Command for its companion training program and by the Air Force Materiel Command to test experimental equipment.
The Air Force is currently evaluating T-38 replacements.