Two pilots on board a US Navy training plane died after it crashed on Friday (October 24) in an Alabama residential neighbourhood near the Gulf Coast, authorities said. The training plane had taken off from Florida.
No injuries were reported on the ground. The names of the deceased weren’t immediately released. Zach Harrell, a spokesperson for Commander, Naval Air Forces, only confirmed that both the pilots in the T-6B Texan II training plane died.
Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby said that responders encountered a “large volume of fire” with a home and several cars engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to make “a quick stop on the fire,” the chief told local news outlets.
The crash occurred southeast of Mobile, near the city of Foley and the town of Magnolia Springs. Darby called the neighbourhood a “heavily populated” residential area. No firefighters were injured, he added.
The plane had flown out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, about 48.28 kms northeast of Pensacola, Florida, Navy spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn said.
The US Department of Defence and the Navy were set to handle the investigation, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
(With inputs from agencies)