Two pilots are Injured After a Military Jet Crashes in Their Backyard in Texas
Officials reported a military training airplane crashed into a backyard in Lake Worth, Texas, on Sunday, hurting both pilots, destroying at least three homes, and knocking out electricity to scores of others. The pilots jumped from the plane, and one of the pilots’ parachutes was entangled in power wires, according to the police.
On Sunday at a press conference, Lake Worth Police Department Chief J.T. Manoushagian said that this is the day that a pilot dreads. He stated the reason for the crash was still being investigated and directed media to military officials at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.
The pilots were brought to local hospitals and were not recognized. The Fort Worth Fire Department said in a statement that three residents were treated at the scene for minor injuries. A spokesperson for the Chief of Naval Air Training, Lt. Michelle Tucker, said one of the pilots was in critical condition and the other was in stable condition.
He stated that “It could have been a lot worse if it would have been a direct contact into a residence. Fortunately, that’s not the case.”
As per the Fort Worth Fire Department, the incident knocked off power to at least 44 homes. Chief Ryan noted that emergency teams were trying to clear the disaster site of debris and that people should remain away from the crash site. He said that “It’s going to be hazardous for now, until we get that debris cleared out.”
Given Lake Worth’s proximity to the military base, Chief Arthur said emergency teams had prepared for the prospect of a military clash in the area, calling it one of our top priorities. He said that “Other cities in Texas, it could be natural disasters such as tornadoes and even ice storms, but for us, it is a downed military aircraft since we are in such a unique position.”