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Navy Jet Crash in Pensacola Injures Flight Instructor, Student

Tuesday, 05 Nov 2013 08:49 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A Navy jet crashed Monday during a flight training exercise at approximately 10:30 a.m. at the Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Both the flight instructor and a Navy flight student were transported to a nearby hospital, according to Naval Air Station Pensacola spokesman Harry White. The pilot's names were withheld.

The aircraft involved in the crash was a US Navy T-45C Goshawk, the Associated Press reported. The two-seat, $22 million aircraft, which has a Rolls Royce engine and can travel 645 mph, reportedly went down while attempting to land at the approach end of a runway.

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It is unclear at this point whether the crash, which remains under investigation, was caused by human or mechanical error.

White said one crew member was in serious to stable condition while the other was in fair to stable condition, adding that the base was thankful the crash wasn't more serious.

Navy Lt. John Supple, a spokesman at the Chief of Naval Air Training Command in Corpus Christi, TX, told the Pensacola News Journal that the Navy jet crash occurred during a "routine training flight."

"I don’t want to say they are stopped until the investigation is complete, but they are stopped indefinitely," Supple told the Pensacola News Journal with regards to the temporary halt of training operations at the facility as the investigation is underway. "When they are ready to get back in the air, we’ll get them back in the air."

This is the first crash to occur in the training program since May 2012. Much like Monday's crash, no one died during last May's crash according to Supple, who added that "the crew in [the prior] accident ejected."

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Thus far in 2013, 919 pilots and 233 Naval flight officers earned their wings through the Naval Air Training Command, which though based in Texas is comprised of several bases including the Naval Air Station Pensacola.

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