The Washington Post
2 Navy pilots injured in training jet crash
A military training aircraft crashed into a residential area near Fort Worth on Sunday, injuring two pilots and damaging homes, local authorities said.
Navy officials said the incident involved an instructor and a student who ejected from the T45C Goshawk jet before it crashed in Lake Worth around 11 a.m. One of the pilots got caught in power lines while parachuting to the ground, while the other was found nearby, Lake Worth Police Chief J.T. Manoushagian said.
Two off-duty firefighters witnessed the crash and were the first to aid the pilots, the Fort Worth Fire Department said in a statement. One pilot was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition, and the other was taken for treatment by land.
Three homes were damaged, and three residents suffered minor injuries — but local officials said the crash could have been far worse. The accident marks the second time in six months that a Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft has crashed in Texas. In March, a student and an instructor suffered minor injuries after crashing near a naval field in Orange Grove, 50 miles northwest of Corpus Christi. Navy officials did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Washington Post seeking more information about the crash.