Courtesy / U.S. Air Force
Two pilots ejected from their T-6A Texan II trainer plane before it crashed in a Northeast San Antonio field on Tuesday afternoon.
The plane from the 12th Flying Training Wing crashed near Rolling Oaks Mall shortly before 4 p.m., according to a news release from Air Education and Training Command, based at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. The crash site also was near Veterans Memorial High School.
The field, on Nacogdoches Road, is also near Holy Cross Cemetery. The news release stated that the student pilot and instructor pilot both ejected “and [are] safe with minor injuries reported at the site.”
“There were no civilian casualties, and the extent of damage to property has not been assessed,” the release also stated.
Air Force officials added in the release that the accident is under investigation. Images from local television news broadcasts showed the plane broke up upon impact with the ground.
“Fire and safety personnel from Joint Base San Antonio, 12th Flying Training Wing and local communities responded soon after the accident,” the release said.
Nacogdoches remained open as authorities cordoned off the crash site to begin an investigation, but there were reports of backed-up rush-hour traffic on nearby roads.
The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer. The Air Force earlier this year grounded all T-6 Texan flights for nearly one month after “an increased number of unexplained physiological episodes” where pilots suffered from hypoxia and other oxygen-related problems.
The Air Force ordered repairs to the onboard oxygen-generating system in each T-6 before putting those trainer planes back into service in the summer.
Tuesday’s crash of the T-6A Texan II comes on the heels of an incident with a T-38C Talon II trainer that crashed after takeoff from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, last week. Two pilots ejected safely, and that incident remains under investigation.
To date, according to a Military.com report, there have been nine Air Force trainer crashes in this year, including two other T-38 Talon trainers.