2 pilots hurt, 3 homes damaged when military jet crashes in Fort Worth suburb

LAKE WORTH, Texas — A military jet crashed in a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, damaging three homes and sending two pilots to an area hospital, authorities said.

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Update 5:42 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: Navy officials told The Washington Post that the crash involved an instructor and a student, who ejected from the T-45C Goshawk jet before it crashed in Lake Worth.

Update 2:35 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: Fort Worth Fire Department Chief Ryan Arthur said at a news conference that both pilots ejected from the plane. One was caught in a power line.

Arthur added that three homes were damaged from the debris from the crash.

“A little bit of damage occurred in a back yard,” Arthur said. “There was some damage from wings that might have caused some damage to the homes.

“This could have been much worse.”

Matt Zavadsky with MedStar confirmed to KTVT that one pilot was in critical condition and one was in serious condition.

Original report: According to a tweet from the Lake Worth Police Department, the plane crashed at about 10:53 a.m. CDT in a residential area of the city, which is located northwest of Fort Worth. Police said that between two and six homes were damaged, with two of those residences heavily damaged.

The Lake Worth Fire Department tweeted that between two and three people were injured in what was described as a training exercise. the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth reported.

One person is in critical condition and was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, KXAS reported. The second person was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, according to MedStar.

Medstar also said one person who lived in the neighborhood was treated at the scene but was not taken to an area hospital, KTVT reported.

Two people were ejected from the aircraft, Lake Worth Police Chief J.T. Manoushagian told WFAA. The plane crashed into the back yard of a house, officials said.

Homes were being evacuated in the area, Manoushagian told the television station.

About 1,300 customers were without power in the area because of the crash, Oncor officials told WFAA.

The plane crashed in a neighborhood located about one mile north of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, KXAS reported. It is unclear whether the plane was based at the station.



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