Two Dead After Air Force Training Jet Crashes in Alabama

Firefighters approached the site of a military plane crash near Montgomery, Ala., on Friday evening. (Credit…WSFA)

An Air Force training plane flying from Columbus, Miss., to Tallahassee, Fla., crashed in a wooded area near the Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama on Friday evening, killing the two people aboard, officials said.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the plane to crash. It was a T-38 trainer aircraft assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing, which is based at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, the Wing said in a statement.

The 14th Flying Training Wing specializes in undergraduate pilot training, and the T-38 is one of the planes it uses to prepare pilots for flying fighter and bomber aircraft. The authorities did not immediately release the names of the two people who were killed.

The plane went down at about 5:30 p.m., the Wing said.

Marshall J. Taggart Jr., the executive director of the Montgomery airport, said the plane had crashed in a wooded area near Old Lamar Road and U.S. Highway 80, about 100 yards from the airport. He said firefighters and the police had responded.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Michael Levenson