Sat, Jan 28, 2006
Plane Goes Down Near Training Field
It is not yet known what
led to the fatal downing of a Navy T-34C "TurboMentor" training
aircraft that went down near a Corpus Christi, TX neighborhood
Friday. The two pilots onboard -- a trainee pilot and an instructor
-- were killed in the accident.
"Its was T-34 training aircraft and was assigned to Training
Squadron VT-27 here at NAS Corpus Christi," said base spokesman
Jeffrey Fretland to San Antonio's WOAI radio.
No one on the ground was injured by the falling plane, which
came down near Waldron Field, a WWII-era airport used by pilots
from NAS Corpus Christi for practice.
"I heard this big noise, and I came and looked out the window
and there was this big fire across the street from us," one woman
told WOAI radio in San Antonio.
Media reports cite Friday's accident was the second involving a
T-34 in Corpus Christi in two weeks. Another training plane went
down in the same area on January 12. Neither of the two pilots
onboard were injured in that accident. It is unclear if that
accident also involved a T-34C (file photo, below) which is a
PT6-powered variant of the stalwart T-34 trainer.
Officials say there is no clear indication so far as to what may
have caused Friday's crash.
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