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Two Dead After Air Force Trainer Jet Crashes In Alabama

The pilots were flying a training mission at the time of the crash.

Two US Air Force pilots have been killed after a trainer jet crashed near an Alabama airport, the military branch confirmed.

The crash involved a T-38 trainer aircraft assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.

Officials from the 14th Flying Training Wing confirmed in a news release that both pilots on board the aircraft were killed.

The pilots were flying a training mission at the time of the crash.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two pilots involved in this incident," Colonel Seth Graham, 14th Flying Training Wing commander said in a statement released on Friday.

"There are no words that can describe the sadness that accompanies the loss of our teammates."

The names of the pilots are being withheld until the families are notified.

The jet crashed at about 17:30 local time near Dannelly Field in Montgomery.

A safety investigation board will convene to investigate.

Authorities said the cause of the crash was not immediately known.

Cover image: File picture of A T-38 Talon heritage aircraft (US Department Of Defense).