Two pilots were killed when their jet trainer crashed on Friday near the Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama, according to the facility’s executive director Marshall Taggart, Jr.
According to a statement released by the Japanese Defense Forces, one of the pilots killed was Japanese.
The T-38 jet trainer was based out of the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, the U.S. Air Force released in a statement. The pilots were en route to a base in Tallahassee, Florida.
The T-38 is used by both the Air Force and Navy for training.
The Alabama Air National Guard has three main bases across the state located in Birmingham, Dothan, and Montgomery. Montgomery’s airport is located next to an Air Force facility known as Dannelly Field, home of Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing. It’s not clear if the two pilots were trying to land there.
The airport received a distress call just after 5:00 p.m. The fighter jet crashed in the woods near Old Lamar Road and U.S. Highway 80 shortly after at 5:17 p.m.