Plane crash of US navy trainer kills crew and burns home

A US navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed on Friday in an Alabama residential neighbourhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both crew on board, authorities said.

Zach Harrell, a naval air forces spokesperson, said both people in the T-6B Texan II training plane died. No injuries were reported on the ground.

The Foley fire chief, Joey Darby, said responders encountered a “large volume of fire” with a home and several cars engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to make “a quick stop on the fire”.

The crash occurred south-east of Mobile, near the city of Foley and the town of Magnolia Springs. Darby called the neighbourhood a “heavily populated” residential area. No firefighters were injured.

The plane had flown out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, about 30 miles (48.28km) north-east of Pensacola, Florida, said Julie Ziegenhorn, a navy spokeswoman.

The US Department of Defense and the navy were set to handle the investigation, the Baldwin county sheriff’s office said.

The Guardian

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