Military Training Jet Crashes in Texas Causing Property Damage and Injuries
A military aircraft crashed into a residential area in Lake Worth, near Fort Worth, Texas.
According to Lake Worth Police Chief J.T. Manoushagian, authorities received the call regarding the plane crash before 11 a.m. Sunday, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reported.
“Initially, units reported that one pilot had ejected and was caught in some power lines,” said Manoushagian. “Another pilot had ejected and was found in the neighborhood.”
Lake Worth Fire Chief Ryan Arthur also confirmed that two injured pilots were transported to the hospital.
“The instructor pilot was reported in stable condition and the student naval aviator was reported in serious condition – his injuries were not life-threatening,” said a NAVY statement that was issued Sunday night said.
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In addition, the fire chief also said that three homes were damaged and that The Red Cross was present in the area helping residents who were affected by the crash. Three residents of those homes were treated and released at the scene with minor injuries.
He also said they are working with all several agencies including the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) to make sure the scene is processed and documented.
One witness told CBS DFW that his vehicle was damaged by what appeared to be an ejected pilot seat. He said one of the pilots appeared to be on fire before hitting power lines.
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Manoushagian said Fort Worth Police and Fire, Tarrant County Constable’s Office, Tarrant County Emergency Management all assisted Lake Worth in response to the crash.
The Fort Worth Police Department released a statement later Sunday, saying in part: “We are incredibly fortunate that the plane crashed in the backyards of the homes and not the residences themselves. We are also able to confirm that two off-duty Fort Worth Fire Department firefighters witnessed the crash and responded immediately. They were first on the scene to provide assistance to the injured pilots.”