US Navy confirms T-45 trainer crash

April FrancisOct 03, 2017

David Chambers with Monroe County, Tennessee, Emergency Management Agency told WBIR.com Sunday evening that operations regarding a jet crash in Cherokee National Forest would be suspended for the night.

The service reported the trainer aircraft missing after the T-45 departed from Knoxville, Tennessee for NAS Meridian, Mississippi on Sunday.

The release stated the aircraft was training in the area and had not yet returned to the air station.

The call came in around 4:30 p.m.

The U.S. Navy said the T-45C Goshawk jet was flying from Meridian, Miss.

Authorities are still on the scene of plane crash in the Cherokee National Forest in Monroe County as of Monday morning.

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According to the reports, the T-45 is used to train all the U.S. Navy student pilots in jet aircraft. The statement says two pilots were on board and their status is unknown.

#BREAKING. More to follow.

The U.S. Naval force sent a tweet out saying that a T-45C was preparing in the zone of Tellico Plains.

The aircraft can carry a crew of two people and can fly at speeds of 645 miles per hour. MT @flynavy: @CNATRA investigating reports of crash in Callico Plains, TN.

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

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