April 12th, 2010
07:12 PM ET

One dead in military training plane crash

[Updated 10:09 p.m.] A Navy training jet crashed in a north Georgia forest on Monday, killing at least three people aboard and setting more than 10 acres of woodland ablaze, local and federal authorities said.

A fourth person aboard the jet was unaccounted for Monday night, said Harry White, spokesman for the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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  1. Guy

    T-39 = 2 souls on board.

    April 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    T-39 was first built in 1958 looks a lot like a Lear in some respects, Still used today for training very rugged and safe airplane Sorry to hear about the loss.

    April 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    You should have added how many military are killed in routine flights and training each year I think most people would be surprised. How many planes are crashed each year.

    April 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mirza

    maybe they crash due to pilot error or malfunction. still mistakes liket his should not be happening, it is very unfortunate!

    April 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ryan

    T-39 is not a two seater, so dont post something you have no knowledge of. Most likely 4 were aboard a contractor pilot, an instructor, and two students. I have about 60 training hours in it.

    April 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Former Saberhawk

    T-39 = 1 pilot, 1 instructor and up to, 4 students. In this case it was probably 1 pilot, 1 instructor, and 2 students flying the VR1055/56 low level route which runs in the vicinity of Chattanooga/North Georgia/Western NC. There could be a thousand different causes, from pilot error, to mechanical failure, birdstrikes, who knows. At 500 ft, there isn't much time to react to any situation. Just wait and see what the investigation turns up, but lets not start blaming the dead just yet. Rest in peace brothers.

    April 13, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Another Saberhawk

    Before anyone can say anything that causes this to get out of hand on this article. The investigation will reveal whatever it can. Unless you have flown in or worked on any aircraft, you have no room to speak of anything about the aircraft. It is disrespectfull to those that fly it, and maintain it, and work with the individuals. You will not find a more well maintained aircraft than a trainer. It is a sad day for the Saberhawks and 4 great people are lost because of it. My appologies to the family to each one of them.

    April 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Navy NFO

    Training missions like the one this crew died conducting are why our the US military pilots are the best in the world. All my military comrades that have died in aviation were ALL flying training missions to be the best!! Rest In Peace my brothers and sisters, we miss you all and honor your sacrifice.

    April 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kelly

    The 1 man went to my high school, graduated the year before me. He will be missed =(

    April 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |