Military training jet crashes in Tennessee

Courtesy of Natalia Contreras with the Caller-Times
Courtesy of Natalia Contreras with the Caller-Times
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03 October, 2017

At this time, we know the wing had a T-45C Goshawk training in the vicinity of Tellico Plains that has not yet returned to the air station.

Naval officials announced late Sunday night that such an aircraft had gone missing, but could not confirm it had crashed.

Days after resuming flight with the type, a US Navy Boeing T-45 Goshawk trainer jet crashed on Sunday evening during a routine training flight.

Navy officials also said two people were on the aircraft, an instructor and a student, but their status is unknown right now.

Helicopters from the University of Tennessee Medical Centre and the Knox County Sheriff's Office flew over the area to search for parachutes but did not find any.

UPDATE Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 9:40 p.m.

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Monroe County Emergency Management Director David Chambers estimates that the debris field to be "at least a mile long".

Lt. Elizabeth Feaster, a spokeswoman for Naval Air Training, said an investigation will be launched to determine the cause of the tragedy. The two travelers on board the T-45C were an educator and an understudy.

Tellico Plains is about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee.

This is a developing story.

Dispatch says crews are on their way to the scene now.


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