When a plane crashed during a U.S. naval training procedure last week, it was on its way to land at the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Kingsville, about 40 miles southwest of Corpus Christi.
The pilot who crashed on August 16 was conducting a routine flight and flying a T-45 Goshawk.
In July, a number of T-45 Goshawks were grounded due to faulty parts in the ejection seats.
Fortunately, in this instance, the pilot was ejected, and the plane landed in an empty field. There were no reports of any injuries, but the pilot was taken to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital–Kleberg to be evaluated.
The incident was being investigated.
In 2021, there were two crashes involving NAS Kingsville T-45s. In September, an instructor and a trainee crashed in a Lake Worth residential area, sustaining serious injuries and damaging several homes.
In May 2021, two T-45s collided in mid-air. Fortunately, both pilots in that incident were safely ejected from their aircraft.