2 pilots killed in training exercise in T-38 bound for Florida

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A T-38 Talon with the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., flies beside its wingman as they return to base after a training mission, Aug. 8, 2017.The 2nd FTS, or American Beagles, is manned by experienced fighter pilots and support personnel with backgrounds in virtually every USAF fighter major weapons system. ( U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sergeant Burt Traynor/Released)


Gabe Hauari

Montgomery Advertiser

A military jet crashed in Montgomery, Alabama, on Friday evening, killing two people.

The airport tower reported to Montgomery Airport Director Marshall Taggart that several pilots in the area had complained about the sun shortly before the crash, which occurred about a half hour before sunset.

Here’s what we know so far.

Where did it happen?

Taggart confirmed two people aboard died in the crash in a wooded area near the airport. He said it is not likely the crash injured any bystanders due to its location.

Taggart identified the jet as a T-38 and said it departed from Columbus, Mississippi, on a flight path to Tallahassee, Florida.

When did it happen?

The airport learned of the crash around 5:06 p.m. CT, Taggart said.

Have the crash victims been identified?

As of Friday evening, the victims have not been named.

Columbus is home to Columbus Air Force Base, where the 14th Flying Training Wing of Air Education and Training Command’s 19th Air Force train pilots. T-37 jets are one of three aircraft it specializes in, according to its website.

This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama military jet crash near Montgomery: What we know so far

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