Fort Worth, Texas – A recently published video shows a military training jet having a collision with a bird in the immediate seconds before it plunges into a residential area in Lake Worth in September of last year.
On Monday, which marked the one-year anniversary of the accident, the Chief of Naval Air Training made the cockpit footage available online.
The Navy T-45C Goshawk was on a routine training flight when it collided with a large bird while it was descending about one mile north of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. The flight began at Corpus Christi International Airport and ended at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.
Before the alarms started going off in the cockpit, one of the pilots can be seen and heard on the footage screaming an expletive.
The voice of a pilot could be heard over the radio saying, “We are attempting to make it to the runway.” “Yeah, we’re not gonna make it. We’re going to eject, “The statement was made by the pilot a few seconds later as the aircraft was swiftly descending toward the town below.
Both pilots were able to successfully exit from the jet in the split second before it went down. One pilot was recovered with his parachute in the powerlines, although he had suffered severe burns. At the time, authorities stated that the other pilot was discovered in a neighborhood that was close by.
There was damage to three different residences, but no one on the ground was seriously hurt.
The location of the jet’s home base was the Naval Air Station Kingsville, which is located close to Corpus Christi.