US Navy loses T-45C Goshawk in Texas crash

A US Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft crashed on August 16 near Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas.

The instructor pilot, who was the only person on board the two-seat aircraft, ejected safely and was unhurt but has been transported to Christus Spohn Hospital-Kleberg for further evaluation. The aircraft, assigned to Training Air Wing 2 (TAW-2) at NAS Kingsville, crashed on approach to the base at approximately 1200hrs CDT.

US Navy TAW-22 T-45C Goshawk
A US Navy T-45C Goshawk aircraft assigned to Training Air Wing 2/Training Squadron 22 (VT-22) ‘Golden Eagles’ launches from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean. One of TAW-2’s T-45Cs was lost in a crash on August 16. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R Pacheco

A statement from the Chief of Naval Air Training public affairs office said that aircraft impacted an empty field on US Navy property just north of the airfield. NAS Kingsville Emergency Services and Kingsville Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. No civilians were harmed in this incident. The pilot was conducting a routine training flight that originated at NAS Kingsville. The incident is under investigation.

TAW-2 at NAS Kingsville has two T-45C units, comprising Training Squadron 21 (VT-21) ‘Red Hawks’ and VT-22 ‘Golden Eagles'. The Bureau Number of the aircraft which crashed has yet to be confirmed. Two TAW-2 Goshawks were lost in separate accidents last year. The first, on May 17, involved a mid-air collision during a formation flight near the base. One aircraft was able to land safely back at Kingsville but the other crashed after the instructor and student pilot had ejected safely.

The second loss, on September 19, occurred when a TAW-2 T-45C ingested a bird during a routine training sortie from Corpus Christi International Airport. Although both crew members ejected before it crashed, one of them drifted into power lines while parachuting down and suffered severe burns.