Pilots eject from Navy trainer jet before it crashes in Texas

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 2, 2019) A T-45C Goshawk training aircraft assigned to Training Air Wing (TW) 2 lands on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sawyer Haskins)

A US Navy plane fell from the skies over Naval Air Station Kingsville in Texas on Friday, forcing the pilot and student to eject.

The T-45C Goshawk trainer crashed within the airfield’s perimeter, according to a Facebook statement by the Chief of Naval Air Training.

“The two pilots, an instructor and a student, suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local medical treatment facility for care,” the statement said. “The pilots safely ejected from the aircraft just before it crashed just short of the runway inside the airfield perimeter fence.”

A highly-modified variant of the British BAE Systems Hawk jet, the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) T-45 has been in service with the US Navy since 1991, and is the premier carrier-capable trainer for the Navy and Marine Corps. The aircraft costs around $17.2 million each.

The crash is under investigation.

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