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US Navy confirms 2 pilots did not survive plane crash in Tennessee

03 October 2017, 08:06 | Colleen Roy

Courtesy of Natalia Contreras with the Caller-Times

Courtesy of Natalia Contreras with the Caller-Times

The US Navy is investigating the possibility that one of its jets crashed Sunday in Tennessee after disappearing during a training flight.

According to the Navy's Twitter account, the T-45C aircraft was flying in from MS for training in the area.

An instructor and student were flying in the jet.

The Navy grounded all its 197 training jets in April, following reports that over 100 pilots were refusing to fly the 30-year-old T-45 aircraft.

Monroe County Emergency Management Director David Chambers estimates that the debris field to be "at least a mile long".

U.S. Navy officials say an instructor and a student pilot have died in a plane crash in southeastern Tennessee.

The plane crash happened near Tellico Plains, TN, in Monroe County. "Their status is obscure right now", they said in the discharge.

The T-45 Goshawk can carry two people and reach speeds of 645mph.

An investigation will commence to determine the cause of the crash.

The Navy did not respond to BuzzFeed News' requests for additional information.

We'll continue to bring you updates on this story as we receive them.

The U.S. National Guard says it will be in the area searching for the jet Monday.

It's unknown at this time what kind of plane and whether or not there are injuries.

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