Air Force training jet crashes in West Texas

Air Force training jet crashes in West Texas

One Air Force pilot died and another was injured after their plane crashed Monday outside a military base in US state of Texas, military officials said.

According to a news release from the U.S. Air Force, the jet crashed around 4 p.m. about 14 miles northwest of the Del Rio base.

Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas, suspended flying operations through Thanksgiving weekend after one pilot was killed and another injured from a T-38 trainer crash Monday.

"Our biggest priority at this time is caring for the family and friends of our airmen", said Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th FTW vice commander. One pilot is deceased and another one is injured. "For now, we will focus inward to make sure that our base community rallies around those who are suffering and need our support".

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The circumstances surrounding the crash were not immediately clear.

Laughlin is the Air Force's largest pilot training base, where airmen learn to fly combat jets using the T-38s.

The names of the pilots involved in the crash have not been released at this time.

The plane is a twin-engine supersonic jet primarily used for training, according to the Air Force website.

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