COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (WTVA) — A pilot with the Japanese Air Force died in Friday's crash of a jet from Columbus Air Force Base along with his United States Air Force instructor.
Colonel Seth Graham, the commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing at the base, revealed that during a Saturday news conference concerning the crash at the airport in Montgomery, Alabama.
"We here are a close-knit team. And the loss of two of our teammates is something that affects us all," said Graham.
The commander said the base trains pilots from around the world along with U.S. Air Force pilots.
He added the U.S. Air Force will conduct the investigation into what caused the crash, which could take 30 to 60 days to complete.
In the meantime, pilots won't fly for at least a couple of days, according to Graham. However, the base will honor the lives of the two pilots who died.
"They were valued, valued teammates at Columbus, and we'll do them right in recognizing their legacy," said Graham.