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Plane crash near Columbus Air Force Base being investigated by interim safety board

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Two Air Force pilots are safe following a plane crash in North Mississippi Wednesday morning. The flight took off from Columbus Air Force Base and crashed around 8:30 a.m. just north of the base perimeter.

It was supposed to be a routine training flight in a T-38C Talon II that left Columbus Air Force Base Wednesday morning. But what happened next is still under investigation.

“A T-38 Talon crashed just north of Columbus Air Force Base, just outside the confines of the base,” explained Lt. Col. Marc Deshaies,14th Operations Group Deputy Commander.

That type of plane is a twin-engine, high altitude, supersonic jet trainer and one that logs a lot of hours out of Columbus Air Force Base.

“The T-38 talon is primarily used for pilot training for what we consider the advanced phase of training," added Deshaies. "This is to set up the pilots that are going to go off and fly typically fighter-bomber type aircraft. This aircraft is considered a high-performance aircraft and we’ve used it for a number of years. Just last year in particular, flew nearly 12.000 hours, over 12,000 hours in the air just last year at Columbus Air Force Base.”

The crash site is near the base and luckily away from homes and other buildings.

“Just north of the airfield, there’s obviously grass just north of airfield and then a tree line and a fence," said Deshaies. "So the aircraft impacted the ground just outside the perimeter fence of the base, extremely close to the base.”

It was an instructor and student pilot on board. Air Force officials are just relieved they’re safe.

“We are ecstatic at the fact that they both have been released from Baptist with no substantial injuries,” noted Deshaies.

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As for how long it may be before there are answers, the Air Force says that there’s a usual timeline of how these types of investigations go. It could be weeks or longer before details of what went wrong are released.

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