UPDATED: Navy T-45C Goshawk Crashes in Lake Worth, Texas, No Fatalities

19 September 2021
Updated at 4:47 p.m. Eastern, Sept. 20, 2021: On Sept. 19 at approximately 11 a.m. Central time, a Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft assigned to Training Air Wing 2 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, crashed in Lake Worth, Texas, about two miles northeast of Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) conducts flight operations.
FILE PHOTO: A T-45C Goshawk attached to Training Air Wing 2 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Dec. 10, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zack Guth)
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) conducts flight operations.
201210-N-DN657-1067
FILE PHOTO: A T-45C Goshawk attached to Training Air Wing 2 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Dec. 10, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zack Guth)
Photo By: Seaman Apprentice Zachary Guth
VIRIN: 201210-N-DN657-1067
The instructor pilot involved the crash, was released from the hospital today. The student pilot is still in serious condition and is receiving treatment for his injuries. He will remain at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

We are very grateful for the first responders and community members who rushed to the pilots’ aid and for the medical staff at both Parkland Hospital and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

The Navy’s safety and environmental teams are on site today. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

To ensure the safety of the local community, please do not touch any of the debris from the crash site or attempt to remove it. Instead contact Lake Worth Police Department at (817) 237-1224. 

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First Update Posted to Navy.mil at 9:50 p.m. Eastern, Sept. 19, 2021:

Today at approximately 11 a.m. CDT, a Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft assigned to Training Air Wing 2 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, crashed in Lake Worth, Texas, approximately two miles northeast of Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

The two pilots ejected from the aircraft. The instructor pilot was reported in stable condition; the student naval aviator was reported in serious condition – his injuries were not life threatening. Both were transported to local medical facilities for treatment.

The aircraft impacted the ground in a civilian neighborhood causing damage to at least three homes. Emergency services responded to the scene. The Navy is cooperating fully with local authorities.

The incident is under investigation.

The pilots were conducting a routine training flight that originated at from Corpus Christi International Airport. The safety and environmental teams are en-route for scene assessment.

We are extremely thankful for the support from Lake Worth and Fort Worth Fire Departments, Lake Worth Police, Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, and other community partners who responded to the scene.

Updates will be provided as the situation develops.

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Original Statement Posted to Navy.mil at 4:46 Eastern on Sept. 19, 2021:

Today at approximately 11:15 a.m. CDT, a Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft assigned to Training Air Wing 2 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, crashed in Lake Worth, Texas, approximately two miles northeast of Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

The two pilots ejected from the aircraft. The instructor pilot is in stable condition; the student naval aviator is in serious but non-life threatening condition. Both were transported to medical facilities for evaluation.

The aircraft impacted the ground in a civilian neighborhood. Emergency services responded to the scene. The Navy is cooperating with local authorities. The incident is under investigation.

The pilots were conducting a routine training flight that originated at from Corpus Christi International Airport. The cause of the crash is unknown. The safety team is enroute for damage assessment.

Updates will be provided as the situation develops.

 

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