Two pilots ejected from a military aircraft that crashed around 11 a.m. in a Lake Worth, Texas neighborhood. One pilot is in critical condition and the other was in serious condition, according to dfw.cbslocal. At least three homes were damaged in the crash. One injured homeowner was treated at the scene and released.
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At this time, we can confirm one plane is down. 2-6 homes damaged.
Crash location correction: Between the 4000 blocks of Tejas and Dakota.— Lake Worth Police Department (@lakeworthpd) September 19, 2021
The military plane crashed and at least one witness, whose vehicle was damaged by one of the ejected seats, stated that one of the pilots appeared to be engulfed in flames before hitting a power line. The few blocks affected by the crash may be without power for several days as investigators try to establish a cause for the crash. There are 60-70 Lake Worth residents in that block. The Red Cross was on scene to assist the displaced residents.
Praying for all the people of Lake Worth and the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth that were affected by the crash this morning.— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 19, 2021
One witness stated that the plane appeared to be a U.S Navy T-45 Goshawk. NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigation Service) and local authorities are working on the investigation. The flight reportedly originated in Corpus Christi, Texas. The T-45 Goshawk is a two seater plane used primarily for training Navy and Marine Corps pilots. It is aircraft carrier capable, but in the past has had problems.
The T-45 Goshawk had serious oxygen system issues in early 2017, and the Navy grounded the entire fleet. About 100 Navy pilot instructors actually went on strike until those issues were supposedly resolved. Were they?
The investigation is ongoing, and is expected to extend into tomorrow.
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