U.S. Navy T-45 Goshawk Training Jets Collided In Mid-Air Over Texas

U.S. Navy T-45 Goshawk Training Jets Collided In Mid-Air Over Texas
T-45 Goshawk training aircraft assigned to Training Air Wing ONE fly over the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush to mark one million flight hours. George H.W. Bush is conducting training in the Atlantic Ocean. – Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brent Thacker

Two U.S. Navy T-45 Goshawk training jets collided in mid-air near Ricardo, Texas, around nine miles south of their base at Naval Air Station Kingsville.

The incident occurred over Ricardo at about 11 a.m., according to a message posted to the Chief of Naval Air Training’s social media accounts.

One Goshawk was able to land safely at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, while the other aircraft’s instructor and student ejected about nine miles south of the base, according to the post.

The instructor pilot was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg in Kingsville for what the post described as minor injuries, according to officials.

The Navy asked the public to “not attempt to move or touch any aircraft debris,” and to call 361-516-6303 to report the location of debris.

The two Goshawks involved in the mishap were from Training Squadron 22 (VT-22), the “Golden Eagles,” part of Training Air Wing Two.

The squadron prepares naval aviators for both the Navy and Marine Corps, after which they transition to F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, AV-8B Harrier II, E-2 Hawkeye, and C-2A Greyhound communities.

Monday’s mishap follows the crash of another Goshawk in March.

In that incident, the student and instructor were able to safely eject and sustained minor injuries, the Navy said at the time.

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