One Pilot Dead, Two Injured in Runway Incident in Texas

Laughlin Air Force Base says an investigation is underway.

One pilot was killed and two others injured Friday morning during a mishap involving two T-38C Talon trainer aircraft at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. 

The incident happened at about 10 a.m. on a runway, according to a statement released by the base.

One of the injured pilots was transported to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas, where they were treated and released, the release states. The other pilot is in critical condition and was evacuated by air to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. 

“Losing teammates is unbelievably painful and it is with a heavy heart I express my sincere condolences,” said Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, in a statement. “Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with our pilots involved in this mishap and their families.” 

The names of the pilots involved are being withheld until 24 hours after the next of kin notification has been made, the statement reads. 

The investigation into what occurred is ongoing.


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