Video Shows Moment Bird Takes Down Navy Jet
A newly released video shows the moment a bird flew into a Navy jet while it was conducting a training exercise before it crashed into a residential neighborhood in Texas, damaging at least one home.
The crash occurred on Sept. 19, 2021, when a U.S. Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer from Kingsville was getting ready to land at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.
The video shows a bird flying into the jet as the aircraft was descending. The pilot is heard saying there is an emergency and that he would try to make it to a runway.
During the incident, the pilot says he won’t be able to make it before crashing in Lake Worth, a few miles from the reserve base.
Both pilots in the plane, a student and an instructor, ejected before the crash. One of them had their parachute caught in power lines, while the other parachute was found nearby.
No one was seriously injured.