USAF Jet Crash Lands In Lubbock Co. Field - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/22/08

USAF Jet Crash Lands In Lubbock Co. Field

NewsChannel 11 continues to follow the latest developments on a plane crash Wednesday night.  A United States Air Force jet crash landed in a field north of Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. 

Lubbock Fire, Police, and EMS responded to the scene.  Crews took every precaution, wearing protective gear and hosing down the plane. However, the incident did not appear to have disrupted any traffic at the airport.

As of Thursday afternoon, the jet remains in a field just off the Interstate. The crash site is about a half mile south of F.M. 1294, near the Shallowater exit.  

A security team from Cannon Air Force Base placed yellow cones to secure the crash site, however it will be an team from Dyess Air Force Base leading the investigation.

NewsChannel 11 has learned that two U.S. Air Force Captains were on board. They are instructors with the flight training squadron at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio. They were on a training flight when the plane went down.

Both pilots have since been treated and released from University Medical Center.

The jet sustained damage to the front.  It appears as though the front landing gear broke off. 

Right now, officials will not speculate on the the cause of the crash, or if the 70mph+ winds Thursday night contributed to the crash. An investigation is underway, however a final report could take up to a year.

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