Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pilots OK after T-34 crash

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A Navy T-34C training aircraft crashed during a routine mission over the Gulf of Mexico at 10:20 a.m. today. The student-pilot and instructor from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi's Training Squadron 28 bailed out. Initial reports indicate neither was injured. A Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter recovered the flyers. The crash is under investigation. (Source: Navy News Service, 05/01/14) Gulf Coast note: T-34C Turbo Mentors have been used in primary naval aviation training for more than two decades, but have been replaced by the T-6A Texas aircraft at Training Air Wing Five at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.