1 Air Force pilot killed, 2 injured, after runway malfunction in Texas

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A U.S. Air Force pilot has been killed following a runway incident involving two training planes at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, a base official told ABC News. Two other Air Force pilots were injured and are being treated at the hospital – one of them is in critical condition, the official said.

The names of the pilots will be kept private until 24 hours after further announcement by relatives, which is standard military practice for such tragedies. The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. ET according to a notice from the 47th Flight Training Wing Public Affairs office.

The grounds released a statement about the incident:

One pilot was killed and two were injured in a crash involving two T-38C Talon trainers here at around 10 a.m. on Nov. 19. One of the pilots was injured. 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 has been airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

“The loss of a comrade is unbelievable and heartbreaking, and I offer my sincere condolences,” said Colonel Craig Prather, commander of Training Squadron 47. “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to our pilots involved in this crash and their families.”

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Huynh Nguyen

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