Laughlin suspends flights after Air Force plane crash kills pilot

Laughlin suspends flights after Air Force plane crash kills pilot

An Air Force training jet has crashed near Amistad Reservoir on the Texas-Mexico border.

A photo of an Air Force Northrop T-38 Talon trainer jet.

An Air Force T-38 Talon crashed around 4 p.m. CST (5 pm EST) at the Laughlin Air Force Base in west Texas, which is approximately 14 miles northwest of the base near Spur 454 and USA 90 in Del Rio.

The plane crashed about 14 miles from Laughlin, according to the Post.

"Our biggest priority at this time is caring for the family and friends of our Airmen", said Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander. The statement says emergency personnel were at the scene to assist in recovery efforts.

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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, fly over the East China Sea.

Laughlin also said a board of officers will investigate the crash.

The names of the pilots are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Witnesses reportedly saw a lone pilot descending with a parachute, according to the Del Rio News Herald. Our Airmen and their families are incredibly important to us and our top priority.

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