2 lifeless after a navy jet crash close to the Alabama airport

Two pilots died when a military training jet crashed near the Montgomery regional airport in Alabama on Friday.

Marshall J. Taggart Jr., executive airport director, said the airport was notified of the crash in an adjacent wooded area around 5:05 p.m.

The T-38 trainer was in the 14th flight training wing of Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, the US Air Force said in a statement. Taggart said he believed the plane was heading to a base in Tallahassee, Florida.

“The pilots were flying a training mission at the time of the incident,” said the Air Force.

The identity of the deceased was not immediately disclosed.

“There are no words that can describe the sadness that comes with the loss of our teammates,” said Col. Seth Graham, commander of the 14th flight training wing, in an updated Air Force statement Friday evening.

Montgomery Airport is adjacent to an air force facility called Dannelly Field, home to the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th fighter wing. It is not clear if a pilot tried to land there.

“A safety investigation committee will meet to investigate the accident,” said the Air Force.

The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency urged residents to stay out of the area Friday night.

Taggart said the crash did not change the arrival and departure schedules at the airport.

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