US Air Force Investigates Lubbock Plane Crash - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/22/08

US Air Force Investigates Lubbock Plane Crash

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Less than 24 hours after an U.S. Air Force plane crashed in North of Lubbock an investigation is underway. NewsChannel 11's cameras were on scene rolling, moments after the plane crashed North of Lubbock Preston Smith International airport around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday night. Two pilots were on board at the time of the crash. We are told, both are fine however, they were taken to University Medical Center for observation.

We are told investigators from Dyess Air Force Base, near Abilene, spent Thursday examining the scene. Also, out at the scene is a Cannon Air Force Base Security Team.

It appears the jet lost its front landing gear. However, the back still looks intact. The nose of the plane also seems to have been damaged. Authorities say one piece of the plane landed a few yards north of the crash site.

NewsChannel 11 has learned both pilots are instructors with the flight training squadron out of Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio. Wednesday night they were completing routine training flights around Lubbock when something caused the plane to go down. Right now, no one is saying what may have caused the crash, but we can only assume strong winds may have contributed to the crash.

The air force tells us it is not clear when the plane will be moved, but it could be a matter of days before investigators gather all the needed evidence. We're also told it may be some time before we learn what caused the crash as an investigation like this can take up to a year to complete.

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