Two Air Force pilots were killed Friday night after a fighter jet crash near Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama.
The military jet was headed from Mississippi’s Columbus Air Force Base to Tallahassee, Florida, when it crashed in a wooded area near the airport in Montgomery, its executive director Marshall Taggart told news outlets. The airport received alerts of the crash around 5:05 p.m., Taggart said.
The two pilots were flying a training mission on a T-38 trainer aircraft assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base. Their names are withheld until their families are notified.
Officials at the base are expected to hold a press conference on the accident at noon on Saturday, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.
A safety investigation board will investigate the crash, reported WSFA. Meanwhile, the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency is asking the public to stay aware from the area, the outlet reported.