On Friday afternoon, a Navy plane crashed in a residential area in southern Alabama, killing its two crew members, the Navy said.
The plane fell next to a house near Foley, Ala., A coastal area about 30 miles southeast of Mobile, Ala., Officials said. No civilians on the ground were injured, according to Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said.
The plane was a T-6B Texan IIsaid the Navy. The type of aircraft is often used to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots, according to the Navy website.
The two pilots on the plane were an instructor and a student, said Cmdr. Zach Harrell, a spokesperson for the Naval Air Force. The Navy said it would not release the names of the pilots until 24 hours after notification of next of kin.
The plane took off from Whiting Field Air Force Base in Santa Rosa County, Fla., About 60 miles northeast of where crashed, he said.
The crash, which happened at around 4:20 p.m., sent debris toward a , setting it on fire, said Joseph Darby, chief of the Foley fire department. The two occupants of the at the time escaped, Chief Darby said.
Two vehicles and the “remains of the plane” were destroyed in the fire, he said. Fire crews were able to put out the blaze quickly, he said, preventing it from spreading to other homes on the street.
James Farris, who lives across the street from the that caught fire, said he saw the crash through his home office window. He often hears training planes flying overhead, he said, but Friday afternoon’s plane was flying low.
“It sounded like the Blue Angels,” he said, referring to the group of Navy jets that perform aerial displays. “He was flying very low.”
As Mr. Farris searched for the plane, he saw it stick his nose into the ground.
“On impact, it exploded,” he said, adding that he fired a “big ball of flame” towards the house which caught fire. “When the fuel exploded, he entered this house,” he said.
The two people who escaped from the house that caught fire were a father and a daughter, he said.
The Department of Defense is investigating the crash, the sheriff’s office said.