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US Air Force pilot killed, 2 injured in jet ‘mishap’ on runway

Two T-38C Talons from the 25th Flying Training Squadron on Feb. 1, 2018, at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Corey Pettis)
November 19, 2021

One U.S. Air Force pilot was killed and two other pilots were injured during an accident involving two T-38C Talon trainer aircraft at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas.

The incident took place at 10 a.m. CST on the runway in what the Air Force has called a “mishap.”

The Air Force’s full statement is below:

One pilot was killed and two pilots injured during a mishap involving two T-38C Talon trainer aircraft here at approximately 10:00 a.m. Nov. 19. One of the injured pilots was transported to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas, where they were treated and released. The other pilot is in critical condition and was evacuated by air to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

“Losing teammates is unbelievably painful and it is with a heavy heart I express my sincere condolences,” said Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander. “Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with our pilots involved in this mishap and their families.”

The names of all the pilots involved are being withheld until 24 hours after the next of kin notification has been made. An investigation into the mishap is still ongoing.

Earlier in the day, the base said only that “an aircraft accident involving two T-38 aircraft took place on the runway.”