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Navy training jets collide over Texas

Geoff Ziezulewicz16 hours ago26

Two T-45 Goshawk training jets collided in mid-air Monday over Texas. Two of the jets are shown here in 2019. (Navy)

Two U.S. Navy T-45 Goshawk training aircraft collided in mid-air over Texas Monday morning, but fortunately no one was seriously injured.

The incident occurred over Ricardo at about 11 a.m., according to a message posted to the Chief of Naval Air Training’s social media accounts.https://www.facebook.com/v10.0/plugins/post.php?app_id=859066120771292&channel=https%3A%2F%2Fstaticxx.facebook.com%2Fx%2Fconnect%2Fxd_arbiter%2F%3Fversion%3D46%23cb%3Df20f5ef0ba286c%26domain%3Dwww.navytimes.com%26origin%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.navytimes.com%252Ff35f23f97c41484%26relation%3Dparent.parent&container_width=388&href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FCNATRA%2Fposts%2F3977604972276985%26locale%3Den_US&locale=en_US&sdk=joey

One Goshawk was able to land safely at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, while the other aircraft’s instructor and student ejected about nine miles south of the base, according to the post.

The instructor pilot was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg in Kingsville for what the post described as minor injuries, according to officials.

The Navy asked the public to “not attempt to move or touch any aircraft debris,” and to call 361-516-6303 to report the location of debris.

Navy and Marine Corps student pilots operate the T-45C Goshawk jet aircraft during training onboard Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., March 3. (MC3 Drew Verbis/Navy)
Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft crashes in Texas; no fatalities

Both the student and the instructor pilot safely ejected from the aircraft.Diana Stancy Correll

Both jets belonged to Training Squadron 22, which is based at NAS Kingsville.

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The unit’s site bills it as “the premier U.S. Navy and Marine Corps strike training squadron,” a place where Navy and Marine Corps aviators learn to fly several different aircraft.

Monday’s mishap follows the crash of another Goshawk in March.

In that incident, the student and instructor were able to safely eject and sustained minor injuries, the Navy said at the time.

About Geoff Ziezulewicz

Geoff is a senior staff reporter for Military Times, focusing on the Navy. He covered Iraq and Afghanistan extensively and was most recently a reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He welcomes any and all kinds of tips at geoffz@militarytimes.com.

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