FORT WORTH, Texas -- An Air Force Reserve F-16 jet fighter on a training mission exploded in flight and crashed on an Air Force base runway Sunday, killing both crewmen aboard, a military spokesman said.
Lt. Stephen Norton, spokesman for Carswell Air Force Base, said aircraft commander Air Force Reserve Maj. Robert K. Tucker, 37 of Roanoke, Texas, and Capt. James T. Bourne, a Marine Corps officer from Dallas, died in the crash.
No injuries on the ground were reported.
The crash occurred at 9 a.m. during war games titled 'Operational Readiness Inspection.'
The Air Force Reserve fighter was assigned to the 944th Tactical Fighter Group at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix, Norton said. The fighter was en route from the Dallas Naval Air Station to Carswell on the training mission.
A witness said the F-16, which was specially equipped to seat two people, was flying at about 500 feet over Ridgmar Mall on the western edge of the city when it exploded in flight. The witness said the aircraft careened through the air about another mile and crashed on the base.
Three B-52 heavy bombers sitting on the ground at Carswell were slightly damaged in the crash, Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Barbara Carr said.
A board of Air Force officers will be convened to investigate the accident, Norton said.