The Washington Post

2 Navy pilots injured in training jet crash

- — Paulina Firozi

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.

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