January 27, 2006

Two killed in Navy plane crash in Texas

HOUSTON (Reuters) - An instructor and a student pilot were
killed on Friday when their U.S. Navy training plane crashed in
Corpus Christi, Texas, the Navy said.

The two were in a T-34C Turbo Mentor when they crashed near
a runway used for practice landings and takeoffs, according to
a Navy statement and Corpus Christi media reports.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the accident, which
occurred at 9:43 a.m. CST.

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, where the pilots took off
from, is home to the U.S. Naval Air Training Command, which
oversees pilot training for the Navy, the Marine Corps and
Coast Guard.

The T-34C is a turbo propeller aircraft in which the
instructor and trainee sit side by side. The airplane is used
for basic pilot training and is made by Raytheon Co..

Corpus Christi is 220 miles southwest of Houston.