Scott Ames identified as a victim of an Alabama military plane crash. The U.S. Air Force on Sunday said the two people who died in a military aircraft crash in Alabama Friday were a flying instructor and a student pilot from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force.
Ames was an instructor, who died when the T-38C Talon trainer aircraft crashed Friday near Montgomery.
He was 24-year-old.
Alabama Military Plane Crash
The training mission began at a “pretty routine” time of the day, officials said. At this time, all flying operations at the base have been suspended.
A military investigation is underway. The Air Force says it could take anywhere from one to two months for the investigation to be complete. The cause of the accident is unclear at this time.
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Air Force officials encouraged the public to pray for the families and friends of the victims. No other information has been released as of Sunday afternoon.
The name of the student pilot is not being released at this time and will be provided according to Japan’s process.
The Columbus Air Force Base is home to the 14th Flying Training Wing. The wing’s mission is specialized undergraduate pilot training.
“We are a close-knit family and the loss of two of our teammates affects us all,” Col. Seth Graham, 14th Flying Training Wing commander, said at a Saturday press conference.
“The strength of our bond is what will help us get through it together. My thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends, and our teammates today.”
The cause of the incident is under investigation. The pilots were flying a training mission. The jet crashed at about 5:30 p.m. Friday near Dannelly Field in Montgomery.