Conexión Del Rio/ Staff report
Photo courtesy of Laughlin Air Force

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – An Air Force T-38 Talon assigned here at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, crashed at approximately 4 p.m. Monday approximately 14 miles northwest of the base near Spur 454 and U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas.

At the time of release, Laughlin emergency response personnel and local responders were on scene to assist in recovery efforts.

A board of officers was scheduled to investigate the accident. 

UPDATE: one pilot is dead, and one was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center when an Air Force T-38 Talon assigned here at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, crashed yesterday.

The names of the pilots are being withheld for next of kin notification.

“Our biggest priority at this time is caring for the family and friends of our Airmen,” said Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander. “We are a close knit family, and when a tragedy like this occurs every member of the U.S. Armed Forces feels it. Our people take top priority, and we are committed to ensuring their safety and security."

UPDATE: Due to the recent T-38 Talon tragedy, which resulted in the terrible loss of one Airman, as well as the injury of another, Laughlin Air Force Base has suspended flying operations through the Thanksgiving weekend.

“Our community has suffered the irreplaceable loss of one of our pilots,” said Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander. “The immediate concern is to provide support and love to his family, friends and colleagues. Our Airmen and their families are incredibly important to us, and our top priority.

For now, we will focus inward to make sure that our base community rallies around those who are suffering and need our support.”

“During this Thanksgiving season, there is value in remembering the debt that we all owe to the brave men and women who serve in the military,” said Velino. “The pilots who train at this base are truly the tip of the spear in securing our national defense, and we are grateful for their choice to serve in that pivotal capacity.”

Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. All questions should be directed to

the public affairs office at 830-298-5262.