One Dead In Laughlin AFB T-38C Crash Near Del Rio, Texas

Cheryl Sanders
November 21, 2017

One Air Force pilot died and another was injured after their plane crashed outside a military base in the U.S. state of Texas, military officials said.

A photo of an Air Force Northrop T-38 Talon trainer jet.


A T-38 Talon crashed about 14 miles northwest of the Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas, at approximately 4 p.m. local time, base officials said.

Officials at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio have suspended all air operations after a deadly plane crash on Monday. The statement says emergency personnel were at the scene to assist in recovery efforts.


A T-38C aircraft crashed today near Del Rio, Texas. "We are a close knit family, and when a tragedy like this occurs every member of the U.S. Armed Forces feels it". Our Airmen and their families are incredibly important to us and our top priority.

The statement released by Laughlin Air Force confirmed the cause of the crash has not been identified yet but a board of officers will be assigned to investigate into the matter.


The names of the pilots have not been released at this time. Some 500 T-38 Talons are still in service from the almost 1,200 built from 1961-72 for the Air Force and NASA.

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