Military jet crashes near Alabama’s Montgomery airport, 2 dead

A military plane crashed near the Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama, United States on Friday killing two people, a Japanese air force officer and a US Air Force instructor pilot.

A Japanese second lieutenant and a US instructor were on the T-38 trainer jet assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing crashed at about 5:30 p.m., according to a statement from the Air Force.

Taggart said the plane took off from Columbus, Mississippi and was on its way to Tallahassee, Florida before crashing adjacent to the airport. The 14th Flying Training Wing is based at Columbus Air Force Base.

Commercial flight operations were not disrupted due to the crash, Taggart said. An investigation was ordered to look into the accident, Air Force sad.

Japanese media without disclosing names said the lieutenant was learning manoeuvring and other skills in the US Air Force curriculum to become a fighter pilot.