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Air Force pilot dead, another injured after T-38 Talon crashes in Texas

One U.S. Air Force pilot is dead and the other has been hospitalized after a T-38 Talon crashed in Texas Monday.

The pilots, both of whom aren’t being identified, crashed the coaching jet nearby Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio approximately 4 p.m., roughly 14 kilometers northwest, the Air Force stated in a statement.

The pilot has been transported to Val Verde Regional Medical Center at Del Rio.

“Our main priority in now is caring for your family and friends of the Airmen,” Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, said Monday night.

“we’re a close knit family, and if a tragedy like this occurs every member of the U.S. Armed Forces feels it. Our folks take top priority, and we’re committed to ensuring their security and safety,” Pryor continued.

The Air Force affirmed the incident on Twitter, saying: “It’s with good sadness we announce the passing of one of our very own and the injury of another Airman during a plane crash near Del Rio, Texas. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the families, friends and Airmen affected by this tragedy.”

The accident is under investigation.

Laughlin is the largest training base in the U.S. Air Force.    

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

Nicole Darrah covers breaking information for Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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