MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A military jet departing from Mississippi’s Columbus Air Force Base crashed in Alabama on Friday night, killing two people.
Montgomery Airport Manager Marshall Taggart confirmed two people on board died in the crash in a wooded area near the airport. Taggart said the crash was unlikely to have injured spectators due to its location.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
The airport tower reported to Taggart that several pilots in the area complained about the sun shortly before the crash, which happened about half an hour before sunset.
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The airport was notified of the crash shortly after 5 p.m., Taggart said.
Taggart identified the jet as a T-38 and said it took off from Mississippi on a flight path to Tallahassee, Florida.
Earlier in February, three members of the Idaho National Guard were killed in a helicopter crash outside of Boise. The three people who died were veteran pilots – the youngest member had more than five years of flying experience, said Lt. Col. Nicole Washington, who supervised the members.
In January, three other members of the National Guard were killed when their helicopter crashed in New York Field.
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