A missing U.S. Navy jet has crashed in Tellico Plains, Tennessee according to the United States military. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook that the jet had crashed in the Cherokee National Forest near the fish hatchery on River Road.
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An official news release from the U.S. Navy said the downed jet could possibly be a T-45 Goshawk jet aircraft from Training Air Wing ONE which is based out of Meridian, Mississippi.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BREAKING</a>. More to follow. MT <a href="https://twitter.com/flynavy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@flynavy</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/CNATRA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CNATRA</a> investigating reports of crash in Callico Plains, TN. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USNavy?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USNavy</a> T-45C was training near area.</p>— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) <a href="https://twitter.com/USNavy/status/914657104681750529?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 2, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The news release also confirmed an aircraft went missing during a training mission in the area and was still unaccounted for. There were two pilots on board the jet according to the Navy, an instructor and a student. Whether either of the two survived the crash is unknown but early reports from the Federal authorities assume the crash was indeed fatal. David Chambers is the Monroe County Emergency Management Director and he confirmed it did not look good for the pilots, "All indications are that there are no survivors. We were able to get all the way to the cockpit area of the site, so as of this time we're assuming that — until we can have confirmation — there was no sign of survivors."
Retrieval and rescue operations ground to a halt when they discovered explosives were present at the crash site. The National Guard is expected to aid in the recovery and will arrive Monday, until then there is a no-fly zone established around the crash site.
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