November 28, 2020

Navy Plane Crashes in Alabama, Killing Crew

A Navy plane crashed in a residential area in Southern Alabama on Friday afternoon, killing its crew, the Navy said.

The plane went down next to a home near Foley, Ala., a coastal area about 30 miles southeast of Mobile, Ala., officials said. No civilians on the ground were injured, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said.

The plane was a T-6B Texan II, the Navy said. The type of aircraft is often used to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots, according to the Navy’s website.

The Navy did not disclose how many people were in the plane at the time of the crash. The plane seats two people, the website says.

At around 4:23 p.m. local time, the Foley Fire Department responded to a plane that had crashed “adjacent to a house,” sending debris toward the house and catching it on fire, said Joseph Darby, the Fire Department chief. The two occupants in the home at the time escaped, Chief Darby said.

Two vehicles and the “remainders of the plane” were destroyed in the fire, he said. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly, he said, preventing it from spreading to other homes on the residential street.

The Department of Defense is investigating the accident, the sheriff’s office said.