A military training jet crashed into a neighborhood near Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday, injuring two pilots and damaging three homes but not seriously hitting anyone on the ground.
Both pilots were able to get off the plane just before it crashed in Lake Worth, just west of Fort Worth, authorities said at a news conference.
“This could have been worse,” Lake Worth Fire Chief Ryan Arthur said of the crash, which alerted authorities shortly before 11 a.m.
Police Chief Jetty Manushagian said a pilot’s parachute got entangled in the power line. One of the pilots was taken to a Dallas hospital and was in critical condition, the Fort Worth Fire Department said. Said in a statement. Another was taken to a hospital in Fort Worth.
The head of naval aircraft training at Corpus Christi said in a Facebook post that the training jet crashed into a Navy T-45C Goshak stationed at Training Air Wing 2 at Neck Air Station Kingsville, about 420 miles south of Lake Worth. The post states that the condition of the instructor pilot is stable and the condition of the student naval aviator is unknown but he is alive and undergoing treatment.
The post says they were operating a regular training flight that departed from Corpus Christi International Airport about 350 miles south of Lake Worth along the Gulf Coast.
The Fort Worth Fire Department said three homes were damaged and three residents were treated at the scene and released. The accident left homes in the area without electricity and utility crews are working to restore it.
The Fort Worth Division said, “We are incredibly lucky that the plane crashed in the backyard, not the residence.”
Two Fort Worth firefighters were eyewitnesses to the crash and were the first to arrive at the scene, where they were able to treat injured pilots, the office said.
Arthur said people living in homes damaged by the crash would be displaced.
The neighborhood is near the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base. Several army representatives were at the scene, officials said. Attempts to reach the naval air station to comment were not immediately successful on Sunday.
“Our hearts go out to these military members and their families,” Manushagian said.
“I would imagine that for a pilot, this is the day you’re scared, which you hope will never come,” he said.