FOLEY Alabama (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A U.S. Navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed around 5:00 p.m. Friday in an Alabama residential neighborhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both people in the plane, authorities said.
Zach Harrell, a spokesperson for Commander, Naval Air Forces, said both people in the T-6B Texan II training plane died, but they weren’t immediately releasing their names.
No injuries were reported on the ground.
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 chief told local news outlets.
The crash happened southeast of Mobile, near the city of Foley and the town of Magnolia Springs.
Darby called the neighborhood a “heavily populated” residential area. No firefighters were injured, he added.
The plane had flown out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, about 30 miles northeast of Pensacola, Florida, Navy spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn said.
The U.S. Department of Defense and the Navy were set to handle the investigation, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
These two fatalities are the first for the Navy and Marine Corps in more than a year.
The Navy released the following statement on its Facebook page:
“A U.S. Navy T-6B Texan II aircraft crashed in Foley, Alabama, at approximately 5 p.m. CST today. The aircrew did not survive the crash. We are not aware of any civilian casualties this time. The names of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after the next-of-kin notification. The incident is currently under investigation. The Navy is cooperating fully with local authorities.”
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