DEL RIO, Texas – The names of the two pilots involved in Monday’s crash near Laughlin Air Force Base have been released.
Capt. Paul J. Barbour, 32, died in the crash. He was an air crew flight equipment flight commander with the 47th Operations Support Squadron and an instructor pilot with the 87th Flying Training Squadron.
Capt. Joshua Hammervold is an instructor pilot for the 87th FTS. He was taken to Val Verde Regional Medical Center and treated for his injuries.
“Tragic events like this are difficult for everyone -- family, friends, co-workers, supervisors and our entire Air Force,” said Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander. “Every day, our pilots take a risk as they step into the cockpit, and every day they operate with the utmost skill, professionalism and dedication to train the next generation of flying Airmen and to ensure the safety of this great nation.”
Hammervold was released on Tuesday and is in good condition. Barbour was from Van Nuys, California, and is survived by his spouse, mother, father and sister.
Officials at Laughlin have suspended all air operations after the crash. Officials said the grounding will last through the Thanksgiving weekend.