Fighter jet training flights suspended
ENID, Okla. (AP) - Air Force officials have indefinitely
suspended training flights in a group of fighter jets after two
fatal crashes occurred within eight days of each other.
Capt. John Severns, of Randolph Air Force in San Antonio, said
there is no confirmed date for resumption of training in the T-38C
Air Force investigators are trying to determine whether or not
two recent accidents were linked.
A T-38C crashed on approach while practicing touch-and-go
landings and takeoffs Thursday during a training flight at Sheppard
Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. An instructor pilot and
student pilot were killed.
A week earlier, another T-38C crashed on takeoff at Columbus Air
Force Base, Miss., killing a reserve instructor and student pilot.
The Air Force has been training pilots in the T-38 since 1961.
The 25th Flying Training Squadron at Vance Air Force Base in
Enid uses T-38-C Talons to teach students in Joint Specialized
Undergraduate Pilot Training courses. The 3rd Fighter Training
Squadron teaches graduates fighter fundamentals in the aircraft.
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