2 Die in ‘Mishap’ at Air Force Base in Oklahoma – The New York Times

Two airmen were killed in an “aircraft mishap” on Thursday at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma, according to military officials.

The Air Force said in a news release that the accident occurred around 9:10 a.m. local time during a training mission at the base, which is in Enid, Okla., about 90 miles north of Oklahoma City.

The training mission was “routine” and involved two T-38 Talon twin-engine training jets, the base said on its Facebook account. Two people were on each aircraft.

Emergency responders were on the scene to treat casualties and help with recovery efforts, the Air Force said. The names of those killed are being withheld until their families have been notified, the release said.

Vance’s safety office will conduct an investigation into what happened, a spokeswoman for the base said on Thursday.

The base is home to the 71st Flying Training Wing, whose mission is to train Air Force and allied student pilots for deployment and Aerospace Expeditionary Force support, according to a base fact sheet.

Vance has about 1,200 active duty and reserve service members, in addition to more than 1,100 family members living in the surrounding area, the sheet said.

In August 2018, a T-38 Talon crashed during a training mission at Vance. The instructor pilot of that aircraft safely ejected and was not seriously injured, the base said at the time.

Source: nytimes.com


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