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Investigation underway after military jet crashed in Meridian

Source: NAS Meridian Source: NAS Meridian
MERIDIAN, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An Aviation Mishap Board has been established to figure out what happened when the military jet, T-45C Goshawk, crashed on Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. at the Naval Air Station in Meridian.

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A Mishap Investigation Support Team from the Naval Safety Center in Norfalk, VA will arrive within days to help the Meridian team.

"The AMB is actively looking at all possible causes of the mishap," said Capt. Paul Carelli, Training Air Wing One commodore. "Efforts to identify the cause of the mishap is of the highest concern for us. We are grateful for the community's concern for the two pilots. They are doing well."

One instructor pilot and one student pilot were ejected from the aircraft on Tuesday. They were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries and released later that day.

The jet was assigned to Training Squadron Nine which is one of two squadrons that make up Training Air Wing One. It crashed south of the east runway in the woods on Navy property during a routine training flight. No buildings or structures were damaged when it crashed.

"We also applaud the NAS Meridian first responders who were on the scene within minutes of the mishap," Carelli said. "These dedicated men and women controlled the scene and fire caused by the crash."

As a result of the crash, all jets airborne at that time were diverted to Key Field in Meridian.

Training Squadron Nine held a safety stand-down today and will resume flight operations tomorrow. 

The safety investigation report (SIR) is to be submitted within 30 days of the mishap; however, extensions to this can be granted depending upon circumstances.

Once submitted, the SIR is reviewed and formally endorsed through the chain of command. This process can take several months. The Naval Safety Center is the final endorser of all Class "A" aviation mishaps. The process is not complete until the final endorsement is finished.

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