UPDATE: Pilots released from hospital after military plane crash near CAFB

Officials in Lowndes County say a military plane has crashed near the Columbus Air Force Base.

Posted: May. 23, 2018 9:23 AM
Updated: May. 23, 2018 6:47 PM

(WTVA) - Officials in Lowndes County say a military plane has crashed near the Columbus Air Force Base.

The crash site is off Highway 373 near Barton Ferry Road, north of the base.

A Columbus Air Force Base spokesperson confirms one of their planes was involved in an "incident," but said more details would be released later today.

At 10:11 a.m, the Columbus Air Force Base released a statement saying an Air Force T-38C Talon II plane crashed sometime near 8:30 a.m. 

"Both pilots ejected from the aircraft safely," the release stated.

The pilots have been taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

"First responders have extinguished the fire and are securing the area. There are no houses or other structures in the immediate area of the crash."

The exact cause of the crash is still unknown, but the CAFB describes the incident as a "mishap."

At 2 p.m., the base held a news conference in which more information was provided.

VIDEO: Military holds news conference on jet crash

A spokesperson said the two pilots have been released from a local hospital. One pilot was an instructor. The other was a student pilot.

The base says this was a routine flight. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The base said all flight operations have been suspended from the base for the rest of Wednesday as a result.

The spokesperson said this type of plane is used in advanced training.

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