One dead, one wounded in Air Force plane crash in Del Rio

FILE- A U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon over the greater Del Rio Texas area during a training sortie for the 87th FTS centennial flight

The pilots, both of whom are not being identified, crashed the training jet near Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio around 4 p.m., roughly 14 miles northwest, the Air Force said in a statement.

"Our community has suffered the irreplaceable loss of one of our pilots", said Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander.

Del Rio is located near the Mexican border west of San Antonio.

According to Air Force officials, "the T-38 is the training aircraft used to teach student pilots the basics of flying".

The identities of those involved haven't been released at this time.

A board of officers will convene to investigate the incident, authorities said. "Our people take top priority, and we are committed to ensuring their safety and security", Pryor continued. The fleet was built by Northrop Corp. between 1961 and 1972.

A report, published by Laughlin Air Force Base on their official website, confirmed the crash along with the death of a pilot.

The Del Rio News-Herald reported the crash site was near Spur 454 and eyewitnesses reported seeing a parachute and a lone pilot descend to the ground. According to him, the plane hit a dry area in the bush and he heard a "loud boom".



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