Three people are injured and dozens of homes without power after a military training plane crashed into a Texan backyard on Sept. 19.
Lake Worth Fire Department confirmed a flight student and instructor pilot were conducting a drill training exercise at the time of the accident.
They ejected themselves from the plane, and one of their parachutes became tangled in power lines. The other landed in a tree.
The unidentified pilots were treated for minor injuries and transported to a nearby hospital emergency room.
BREAKING: A small military plane crashed into the back yard of a house in Lake Worth. Crew ejected. One burned by power lines. Second landed in tree. Woman in house OK. pic.twitter.com/a2rqq4PwEs— ScottGordonNBC5 (@ScottGordonNBC5) September 19, 2021
“It could have been a lot worse if it would have been a direct contact into a residence,” fire chief Ryan Arthur said according to the New York Times. “Fortunately, that is not the case.”
2:30PM- Please see the statement below from #YourFWFD regarding the #LakeWorth aircraft incident. Moving forward, media inquiries should be directed to @lakeworthpd. We are grateful for the teamwork & coordination today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims. #FWFDUpdate pic.twitter.com/sfzH7IiSDq— Fort Worth Fire Department (@FortWorthFire) September 19, 2021
The vessel belongs to the training wing of the Naval Air Station in Kingsville. It took off from Corpus Christi International Airport.
Naval Air Training spokeswoman Lt. Michelle Tucker confirmed one of the pilots is in critical condition while the other is stable.
The two occupants ejected from the aircraft. The instructor pilot is in stable condition; the student naval aviator’s condition is unknown but he is alive and receiving treatment. Both were transported to medical facilities for evaluation.— Naval Air Training (@CNATRA) September 19, 2021
The incident cut power supply to at least 44 homes. Arthur revealed emergency services are working to clear the crash site of wreckage. People are urged to steer clear of the 4000 block of Tejas Trail.
Emergency teams were well prepared for a possible military crash in the area due to its close proximity to the air station.
“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,” he said according to the paper.
PRESS RELEASE //— Lake Worth Police Department (@lakeworthpd) September 19, 2021
“Despite some headlines, this incident is a neighborhood miracle. Since 1942, there have been thousands, perhaps even millions of flights over the COLW without any serious mishap. Even today, the fact that there were no casualties is indeed a miracle.” pic.twitter.com/LOtYG9kECU