One Pilot Dead, Another Injured in Texas Training Jet Crash

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A T-38 Talon flies near Laughlin Air Force Base on 16 May, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Moshe Paul)
A T-38 Talon flies near Laughlin Air Force Base on 16 May, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Moshe Paul)

One pilot has died and another has been hospitalized after a training jet crashed Tuesday evening at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

The Air Force T-38 Talon went down at 7:40 p.m. local time, officials said on Laughlin's official Facebook page.

The names of the pilots are being withheld pending next-of-kin notification, an Air Force statement said.

A board of officers will convene to investigate the incident, the statement added. Further details were not released.

Late last month, the Air Force removed three top commanders at Laughlin, citing concerns about dangerous and threatening behavior at the major pilot training installation, the service's Air Education and Training Command announced.

The chief of AETC, Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, fired Col. Charles Velino, commander of the 47th Flying Training Wing, and the commanders of its operations group and flying training squadron citing "chronic leadership failures" raised in an investigation into widespread officer misconduct within the unit, an Air Force statement said.

The statement did not name the commanders of the operations group or the flying training squadron.

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