Two U.S. Navy Training Jets Collide In Mid-Air

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Two U.S. Navy Training Jets Collide In Mid-Air

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On May 17th, two US Navy training fighter jets collided in the air over South Texas.

On one of the planes, the two crew members were forced to evacuate and one of them received minor injuries, the military said.

The two British-built T-45C Goshawk jets collided at around 11 a.m. over Ricardo, about 50 miles southwest of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi-based Chief of Naval Air Training tweeted.

One jet with a student and instructor aboard was able to land safely at nearby Naval Air Station Kingsville. The other jet crashed nearby after its student pilot and instructor ejected safely. One of them was treated for minor injuries at a Corpus Christi hospital.

No cause has been determined, and the Navy and local officials were investigating. They reported no other injuries or notable collateral damage.

Both jets belonged to Training Squadron 22, which is based at NAS Kingsville.

The unit’s site bills it as “the premier U.S. Navy and Marine Corps strike training squadron,” a place where Navy and Marine Corps aviators learn to fly several different aircraft.

The incident follows the crash of another Goshawk in March.

In that incident, the student and instructor were able to safely eject and sustained minor injuries, the Navy said at the time.

The McDonnell-Douglas T-45 Goshawk is the navalized version of the British BAe Hawk trainer. For the past 30 years, it has been used for advanced training of US Navy pilots for landing and attack missions. In 2020, the US Department of Defense opened a request for information regarding a future training jet intended to operate from its aircraft carriers and land bases.

The most recent crash came five days after a midair collision between a small plane and a regional air freighter near Denver. Both aircraft were able to land safely without injuries.

The pilot of an airplane that collided with another midair near Denver requested an emergency landing for engine failure, not knowing that his plane was nearly ripped in half, according to air traffic control audio.

The pilot who requested the emergency landing was the only person aboard a twin-engine Fairchild Metroliner that landed at Centennial Airport despite major damage to its tail section. The plane is owned by a Colorado-based Key Lime Air, which operates cargo aircraft.

“Looks like the right engine failed, so I’m gonna continue my landing here,” the pilot said in an audio clip with air traffic control.

The second plane, a single-engine 2016 Cirrus SR22, was rented by Independence Aviation, the company said in a statement. Its pilot successfully deployed the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System designed to slow the craft’s descent after a collision.

The Cirrus plane had a pilot and one passenger on board when the pilot deployed a red-and-white parachute and drifted down to a safe landing in a field near homes in Cherry Creek State Park, Arapahoe County sheriff’s Deputy John Bartmann said.

“Every one of these pilots needs to go buy a lottery ticket right now,” Bartmann said. “I don’t remember anything like this — especially everybody walking away. I mean that’s the amazing part of this.”

All of these incidents are incredibly lucky, since usually midair collision always include fatalities.


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