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Air Force identifies pilot killed in T-38 Talon crash in Texas

Capt. Paul Barbour has been identified as the pilot killed in the T-38 Talon crash in Del Rio, Texas, Nov. 20, 2017 (Laughlin Air Force Base)
November 22, 2017

The pilot killed in the T-38 Talon crash near Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, on Monday has been identified, according to a press release.


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Capt. Paul Barbour, 32, was the air crew flight commander with the 47th Operations Support Squadron and an instructor pilot with the 87th Flying Training Squadron.

Capt. Joshua Hammervold, an instructor pilot for the 87th FTS, was also injured in the crash and transported to Val Verde Regional Medical Center. He was released on Tuesday in good condition.

“Tragic events like this are difficult for everyone – family, friends, co-workers, supervisors and our entire Air Force,” Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing Commander, said in the release. “Every day, our pilots take a risk as they step into the cockpit, and every day they operate with the utmost skill, professionalism and dedication to train the next generation of flying Airmen and to ensure the safety of this great nation.”

“Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to support the investigation and prevent future incidents,” Velino added.

The aircraft crashed roughly 14 miles northwest of Laughlin Air Force Base near Spur 454 and U.S. Route 90 in Del Rio, Texas, the release said.

Laughlin emergency response personnel and local emergency responders were on-scene after the crash.

The accident is under investigation.

Laughlin Air Force Base officials said all flying operations would be temporarily suspended through the weekend.