FORT WORTH, Texas – A military jet crashed in a Fort Worth neighborhood, leaving two pilots injured and three homes damaged Sunday morning, according to Lake Worth police.
The incident happened around 10:50 a.m. in the 2000 block of Tejas Trail and Dakota Trail, not far from Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.
When emergency crews arrived, they said both pilots of the aircraft were found injured following the crash.
One pilot was ejected from the aircraft with his parachute, which got caught in some power lines, and another pilot in his parachute was found in a nearby wooded area, according to authorities.
The pilot in the powerlines was electrocuted, and the other pilot had serious but non-life threatening injuries. Both were taken to area hospitals, according to police.
Three area residents also sustained minor injuries and at least one other was taken to an area hospital for treatment, officials said.
In total, three homes in the neighborhood were damaged by the crash, although many others were impacted by the smoke and debris, according to authorities.
The two occupants ejected from the aircraft. The instructor pilot is in stable condition; the student naval aviator’s condition is unknown but he is alive and receiving treatment. Both were transported to medical facilities for evaluation.— Naval Air Training (@CNATRA) September 19, 2021
Police said the crash could’ve been a lot worse and fortunately, there were no fatalities.
“This incident is a neighborhood miracle,” Lake Worth police said in a statement. “...The fact that there were no casualties is indeed a miracle.”
Although the cause of the crash is unknown, Naval Air Training officials said the pilots were conducting a routine training flight that came out of Corpus Christi International Airport prior to the crash.
The pilots were conducting a routine training flight that originated from Corpus Christi International Airport. The cause of the crash is unknown. The safety team is en-route for damage assessment.— Naval Air Training (@CNATRA) September 19, 2021
Updates will be provided as the situation develops.
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