Probing fatal crash, Air Force halts flights at Del Rio base

November 14, 2018

All flights at Laughlin AFB in Del Rio have been grounded as the Air Force investigates the crash of a training jet, a base spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The twin-seat supersonic T-38C Talon crashed about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, killing one pilot and sending another to a local hospital.

The identities of the pilots were not provided in a release issued by Laughlin just after midnight, but the Air Force said the survivor was transferred from the base to Val Verde Regional Medical Center. No condition was given.

It was the second crash at Laughlin in just less than a year involving the Talon, which is one of the oldest jets in the Air Force fleet.

A hydraulic failure caused a T-38 to crash Nov. 20 near Lake Amistad outside Del Rio, killing Capt. Paul J. Barbour, 32, of Van Nuys, Calif., who forgot to arm his ejection seat and was trapped in the cockpit when the plane plunged to the ground. Another pilot ejected with minor injuries.

In August, a T-38 crashed on a training mission out of Vance AFB in Enid, Okla., The single pilot on board safely ejected.

Check back for more on this developing story.

Sig Christenson covers the military and its impact in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | sigc@express-news.net | Twitter: @saddamscribe

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