A US Navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed into a residential neighborhood of Alabama near the Gulf Coast, killing both people on the plane, authorities said.
Zach Harrell, a spokesperson for the Naval Air Force Commander, said both people on the T-6B Texan II trainer plane died, but did not immediately release their names. No injuries were reported on the ground.
Joy Darby, president of Foley Fire, said the respondents encountered a “massive fire” at a house and several cars were set ablaze. The fire chief told local news outlets that the firefighters had managed to “quickly stop the fire”.
The accident occurred southeast of Mobile near the city of Foley and the town of Magnolia Springs. Darby described the neighborhood as a “densely populated” residential area. He added that no firefighters were injured.
Navy spokeswoman Julie Zijnhorn said the plane took off from the Navy’s Whitingfield Air Force Base, about 30 miles (48.28 km) northeast of Pensacola, Florida.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Twitter that the US Department of Defense and the Navy were ready to handle the investigation.