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Pensacola-based Goshawk pilots OK after crash

Dec. 29, 2010 - 04:20PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 29, 2010 - 04:20PM  |  
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A Navy T-45 Goshawk jet from Naval Air Station Pensacola crashed Wednesday in an uninhabited area of Jefferson County, said Jim Durwin, assistant superintendent of operations for Tallahassee Regional Airport.

Both people inside the T-45 Goshawk jet ejected to safety, said Patrick Nichols of the naval station's public affairs office

He described the plane as a small jet and said both people ejected safely and the plane landed in a swampy area.

The plane belonged to NAS Pensacola training squadron 86 Sabrehawks.

Nichols said the jet was flying a routine training mission when it went down. The names of the jet's pilots had not been released Wednesday afternoon.

Training Squadron 86 has pilots from multiple services, so it is possible the pilots were not Navy officers, officials said.

Lt. j.g. Brett Dawson, public affairs officer for the Naval Air Training Command in Corpus Christi, Texas, said the Navy has launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.

The T-45 Goshawk is a small Naval jet used for aircraft carrier landing training. The first T-45 aircraft arrived at NAS Pensacola in 2008 as replacements for the aging T-2 Buckeye aircraft that previously filled the carrier training role.

"It's very unusual," Nichols said about a T-45 crashing. "I really don't remember one in quite a while."

The two people in the jet were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. Nobody was injured on the ground.

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