Navy: Two pilots dead in Tennessee training jet crash
- Author: Ryan Wade Oct 03, 2017,
Oct 03, 2017, 8:08
"At this time, we know the wing had a T-45C Goshawk training in the vicinity of Tellico Plains that has not yet returned to the air station", it said.
The plane was based at Naval Air Station Meridian in MS, part of one of five naval air training wings.
A US Navy spokesman had earlier announced a T-45 Jet was missing after it took off from Naval Air Station Meridian in Mississippi.
The U.S. Navy had grounded all 197 training jets after an exclusive Fox News report in April that pilots were refusing to fly the jets because they complained of poison in the oxygen system.
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On Sunday, UT Lifestar and Knox County Sheriff's Office helicopters were sent to that area to look for parachutes from above, but Monroe County EMA says none were found.
It is unknown at this time if there are any injuries.
The call came in around 4:00 p.m.
Authorities are still on the scene of plane crash in the Cherokee National Forest in Monroe County as of Monday morning. The navy is opening an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. The two travelers on board the T-45C were an educator and an understudy.
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Reported crash near Tellico Plains, TN.
The T-45 Goshawk can carry two people and reach speeds of 645mph.
The Navy did not respond to BuzzFeed News' requests for additional information.
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