Military plane crashes in Tennessee likely killing 2

By Danielle Haynes  |  Oct. 1, 2017 at 11:29 PM
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Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A military aircraft crashed Sunday in southeast Tennessee, likely killing two occupants on board, the Monroe County officials said.

Monroe County Emergency Management Agency said the plane crashed in Tellico Plains in the Cherokee National Forest around 4 p.m.

The U.S. Navy said it was investigating reports of a jet crash in the area, but did not confirm it was one of its planes.

A news release from the military said a T-45C Goshawk had been training in the vicinity of Tellico Plains at the time and it had not returned back to the air station. An instructor and student were aboard the aircraft, which was based out of Meridian, Miss.

The Tennessee National Guard and the National Guard Public Affairs office in Virginia told WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tenn., it wasn't one of their planes.

Authorities halted recovery efforts Sunday night and said they would resume Monday morning, WVLT-TV in Knoxville, reported.

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