Two U.S. Navy Pilots Killed In Crash Of T-6B Trainer Aircraft Near Magnolia Springs

Two U.S. Navy Pilots Killed In Crash Of T-6B Trainer Aircraft Near Magnolia Springs
Naval aviators from Training Squadron (VT) 2 taxi out for a training flight in two T-6B Texan II single-engine turboprop aircraft at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., April 1. VT-2 is the Navy’s oldest primary training squadron and graduates approximately 250 student each year. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Michelle Tucker/Released)

Two U.S. service members died after a Navy T-6B Texan II turboprop trainer aircraft crashed in Alabama.

The aircraft was destroyed impacting a house in Foley, Baldwin County, Alabama. Both pilots were fatally injured. There have been no reported injuries on the ground.

The identities of the deceased are being withheld for 24 hours, pending next-of-kin notification.

Naval Air Forces spokesman Cmdr. Zachary Harrell said the flight took off from Florida’s Naval Air Station Whiting Field, which lies about a 90-minute drive northeast of the crash area.

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While officials have not confirmed the unit to which the plane belonged, Training Air Wing 5 is based at Whiting Field.

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The U.S. Naval Air Forces released the following statement:

T-6B Crash in Foley, AL:

A U.S. Navy T-6B Texan II aircraft crashed in Foley, Alabama, at approximately 5 p.m. CST today. The aircrew did not survive the crash. We are not aware of any civilian casualties this time. The names of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after the next-of-kin notification. The incident is currently under investigation. The Navy is cooperating fully with local authorities.

The Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) released the following statement:

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn two of our pilots who lost their lives during an aircraft crash in Alabama today. Our deepest sympathy goes to their family and friends at this difficult time. Rest in peace, Shipmates. We have the watch.

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