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One dead and two injured after mishap at Texas Air Force Base – ‘Unbelievably painful’

A Flying Training Wing for the US Air Force, the Texan military centre has released a statement highlighting the death of one pilot and the evacuation of two injured pilots to the hospital. A mishap happened around 10 am (local time) this Friday 19 November and involved two Northrop T-38C Talon aircraft trainers.

In a statement, the 47th Flying Training Wing said: “One pilot was killed and two pilots injured during a mishap involving two T-38C Talon trainer aircraft here at approximately 10am Nov 19.

“One of the injured pilots was transported to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas, where they were treated and released.

“The other pilot is in critical condition and was evacuated by air to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.”

The airforce base added that the names of the pilots would not yet be revealed so that next of kin may be notified.

Colonel Craig Prather, the commander of the 47th Flying Training Wing, said in a statement: “Losing teammates is unbelievably painful and it is with a heavy heart I express my sincere condolences.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with our pilots involved in this mishap and their families.”

An investigation into the “mishap” remains ongoing.

Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) is home to the 47th Flying Training Wing which conducts pilot training for the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and allied nation air forces.

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It is a twinjet supersonic jet trainer produced by American aerospace and defence company Northrop Grumman, as reported by Air Force Technology.

More than 500 similar aircraft remain in service with the US Air Force and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and it is also in service with the armed forces of Germany, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey.