An Air Force instructor and student pilot were killed yesterday in a T-38 Talon Jet training mission near Dannelly Field Alabama.
The US Air Force Base at Columbus said the crash claimed Scot Ames Jr., instructor pilot for the 50th Flying Training Squadron, along with a Japanese student pilot. Japanese officials have yet to approve the release of the student pilot’s name at this time.
Col. Seth Graham said that Air Force investigators were currently looking into the cause of the crash, and that they would determine the cause, though made not further comment on what may have caused the accident.
The plane crashed around 5:30 p.m. after the pilots began a “cross country” training mission where they would fly to and land at different airbases. Flying operations at Columbus Air Force Base have been temporarily suspended while investigations into the crash are ongoing.
The T-38 Talon has been noted as having issues in the past, with two pilots ejecting from their aircraft in Mississippi in 2018. Pilots have noted that the T-38 performs well in high speed environments but tends to be more difficult to control when practicing low speed fundamental maneuvers.