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Air Force pilot from Indiana killed in trainer jet crash in Alabama

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Posted at 2:10 PM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 14:10:07-05

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two Air Force pilots were killed when a trainer jet crashed near an Alabama airport.

The crash involved a T-38 trainer aircraft assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.

Officials from the 14th Flying Training Wing confirmed in a news release that both pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. The pilots were flying a training mission.

Scot Ames Jr., 24, of Pekin, Indiana, an instructor pilot with the 50th Flying Training Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base, was killed in the crash, according to a press release from the Air Force. The identity of the second pilot, a student pilot from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force, hasn't been released.

The jet crashed at about 5:30 p.m. Friday near Dannelly Field in Montgomery.

A safety investigation board will convene to investigate.