Navy plane crashes on County Road 308 in Orange Grove

Melissa Cantu Trevino
Alice Echo News Journal
Occupants of the Navy jet that crashed on County Road 308 were able to eject before the plane crashed and caught fire.

ORANGE GROVE - An investigation is underway into what caused a Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft to crash Wednesday afternoon on County Road 308 off Highway 359 northeast of the Naval Outlying Field.

The two occupants, an instructor and a student, safely ejected from the aircraft and reported minor injuries, according to the Chief of Naval Air Training's Facebook account. The occupants were transported to a local medical treatment facility for evaluation.

Plane crash on County Road 308.

"I didn't see the crash I got to see the aftermath which was the big puff of smoke and the parachuters," said Crystal Calhoun who was in the area for work. "I was over on County Road 316. I felt it and I heard it. You could feel the vibration."

Navy and local emergency services responded to the scene and extinguished a small brush fire. Navy personnel were on scene and are cooperating with local authorities. The incident is under investigation.

DPS troopers responded to the scene along with the Orange Grove fire department.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Caller-Times reporter Ashlee Burns contributed to this report. 

Navy jet crashed and caught fire on County Road 308.
Navy jet crashed and caught fire on County Road 308.
First responders investigate Navy plane crash.