2 Pilots Injured, Homes Damaged After Military Aircraft Crashes In Lake Worth

A military training aircraft, a T-45C Goshawk, crashed in a neighborhood near Fort Worth, injuring two pilots and damaging a few homes in the area Sunday morning, the Lake Worth police said.

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According to Navy officials, an instructor and a student pilot were on a “routine training flight” at around 11 a.m. when the aircraft crashed into the backyard of a home in Lake Worth, The Washington Post reported.

Lake Worth Police Chief J.T. Manoushagian also said that one of the pilots got caught in power lines while parachuting, while the other was found injured nearby. The pilots, whose names were not revealed, were taken to nearby hospitals.

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Lt. Michelle Tucker, a spokeswoman for the Chief of Naval Air Training, later revealed that one of the pilots was in serious condition and the other is in a stable condition.

At least 44 homes lost power and three residents sustained minor injuries that were treated at the scene, says a statement from Ryan Arthur, chief of the Fort Worth Fire Department.

According to Arthur, “It could have been a lot worse if it would have been a direct contact into a residence.”

He also extended a warning for the people to stay clear from the crash area as it is “hazardous” and the scenario is one of their “highest priorities.”

“It’s going to be hazardous for now, until we get that debris cleared out,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Lake Worth police chief shared that while the cause of the crash is still being investigated, all questions from the reporters will be addressed by the military officials at the nearby Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

As of press time, the Fort Worth Fire Department along with some emergency crews were working to clear the area of wreckage from the crash, Chief Arthur said.

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