July 29, 2021

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Air Force jet flying from Mississippi crashes near Montgomery, Alabama, killing 2

A T-38 Talon flies over Beale Air Force Base, California, May 15, 2020. The T-38 pilots flew over hospitals in Redding and elsewhere to thank nurses and doctors during the coronavirus pandemic.

A military jet flying out of Mississippi’s Columbus Air Force Base crashed in Montgomery Friday evening, killing two people. 

Montgomery Airport Director Marshall Taggart confirmed two people aboard died in the crash in a wooded area near the airport. Taggart said it is not likely the crash injured any bystanders due to its location. 

Investigators are currently on site. 

Columbus AFB officials confirmed the T-38 trainer with the 14th Flying Training Wing.

The airport tower reported to Taggart several pilots in the area had complained about the sun shortly before the crash, which occurred about a half hour before sunset. 

The airport learned of the crash around 5:06 p.m., Taggart said. 

Taggart identified the jet as a T-38 and said it departed from Columbus on a flight path to Tallahassee, Fla.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Melissa Brown at 334-240-0132 or mabrown@gannett.com.