Air Force trainer jet crashes in Mississippi, pilots survive

A pilot from the 25th Flying Traning Squadron walks to his T-38C Talon aircraft, March 13, 2018, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The T-38 is a twin-engine jet trainer used to prepare student pilots to fly fighter and bomber aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Erik Cardenas)

Two US Air Force pilots got a better view of the Mississippi sky than they would have liked after being forced to eject over a remote area near Columbus Air Force Base.

The aircrew were flying a T-38C Talon II training aircraft when they made an emergency egress for unknown reasons around 08:30 AM this morning.

USAF officials did not specify why the crew was forced to bail out or what caused the crash.

According to Stars and Stripes, both pilots were sent to a local hospital and their conditions are unknown.

The crash started a fire which could be seen several miles away, though the flames were quickly extinguished by fire crews.

Home of the 14th Flying Training Wing and the Air Force Training Command’s 19th Air Force, Columbus AFB is a regular hub of training aircraft activity.

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