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Pilot killed in trainer jet crash at Air Force Base in southern Texas

CBS News logo CBS News 11/14/2018 Peter Martinez
T-38 Talon © Education Images/UIG/Getty Images T-38 Talon

A T-38C Talon supersonic jet crashed Tuesday night at Laughlin Air Force Base in southern Texas, killing one pilot and sending a second to a hospital, the base said.

His condition wasn't specified by officials, and their identities are being withheld until their families are notified.

The base says a board of officers will be convened to investigate the cause of the crash.

The Air Force website describes the Talon as a "twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles," including preparing pilots "for front-line fighter and bomber aircraft."  

CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS-TV notes the base is located some 150 miles west of San Antonio, near the city of Del Rio and the Mexican border.


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