Two Pilots Injured After Military Jet Crashes in Lake Worth, Texas

A military jet crashed in the Lake Worth neighborhood in Texas on Sept. 19 morning, injuring two pilots and damaging three houses.

Officials said that two pilots were hospitalized after ejecting from a navy training jet that crashed into a residential area at around 11 a.m. in the 4000 block of Tejas trail in Lake Worth.

Three residents were also treated for minor injuries.

Lake Worth Police Chief JT Manoushagian told reporters that one pilot was found in the powerlines with his parachute while the other pilot was found in a nearby neighborhood.

The instructor pilot was in stable condition while the condition of the student pilot was unknown but is alive and receiving treatment, Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) said in a statement on Facebook.

According to CNATRA, the cause of the crash is unknown and that an investigation is ongoing. It added that a safety team was on its way to assess the damage.

The American Red Cross was also on the scene helping the residents whose houses were damaged, Lake Worth Fire Chief Ryan Arthur told reporters.

Fort Worth Fire Department said that fires at the crash site have been extinguished.

The fire department also said that 44 homes in the area lost power, adding that electric company Oncor is working to restore power.

“This incident could’ve been much worse knowing that this plane went down in a residential area here in Lake Worth,” Arthur said.

Manoushagian said that the military had designated the neighborhood where the jet crashed as an “accident potential zone.”

CNATRA said that the pilots were conducting a routine training flight from Corpus Christi International Airport.

CNATRA identified the aircraft as a Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft assigned to Training Air Wing 2 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas.


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