T-38C Talon (U.S. Air Force)

A US Air Force pilot was killed and another seriously injured after their training aircraft crashed yesterday at Laughlin AFB, Texas.

The T-38C Talon reportedly crashed at around 7:40 PM, sending Laughlin emergency crews scrambling to rescue survivors and put out any potential fires.

According to Laughlin AFB’s Facebook page, the injured pilot was transported to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio.

The identities of the pilots are being withheld at this time, pending next of kin notification.

A board of officers is expected to convene in order to conduct an investigation of the crash.

Home of trainer aircraft such as the T-38C Talon, T-6 Texan II and T-1A Jayhawk, Laughlin AFB is used primarily for training and used to get young aviators ready to fly, fight, and win.

The base has been rocked with scandal in recent months, with three commanders reportedly fired in October, due to various allegations of officer misconduct and what the USAF referred to as “chronic leadership failures.”

In November of last year, Captain Paul Barbour was killed while flying a T-38 over Laughlin, with instructor pilot Captain Joshua Hammervold managing to escape with minor injuries. The surviving pilot was transported to the same hospital.

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