LAKE WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A military plane crashed in a residential area of ââLake Worth on Sunday, September 19, seriously injuring two pilots and damaging three homes. Three residents of these homes were treated and released at the scene with minor injuries.
The accident happened between the 4000 blocks of Tejas and Dakota.
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Lake Worth Police Chief JT Manoushagian said he received the call about the downed plane just before 11 a.m. “Another pilot had ejected and was found in the neighborhood.”
The two injured pilots were taken to hospital, according to Lake Worth Fire Chief Ryan Arthur. One pilot was in critical condition and another in serious condition, according to Medstar’s Matt Zavadsky.
The Fort Worth Police Department then released a statement, stating in part: âWe are incredibly lucky that the plane crashed into the backyards of homes and not the residences themselves. We are also able to confirm that two firefighters from the Fort Worth Fire Department who were not on duty witnessed the crash and responded immediately. They were the first on the scene to assist injured pilots.
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“This incident could have been a lot worse knowing that this plane crashed in a residential area,” said Arthur, who was working with all agencies and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) to ensure the scene was dealt with. and documented. Manoushagian said Fort Worth Police and Fire Department, Tarrant County Constable’s Office and Tarrant County Emergency Management all assisted Lake Worth in response to the crash.
2:30 p.m. – Please see the statement below #YourFWFD regarding the #LakeWorth plane incident. In the future, media inquiries should be directed to @lakeworthpd. We are grateful for the teamwork and coordination today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims. #FWFDUpdate pic.twitter.com/sfzH7IiSDq
– Fort Worth Fire Department (@FortWorthFire) September 19, 2021
A witness told CBS 11 that his vehicle was damaged by what appeared to be an ejected pilot’s seat. He said one of the pilots appeared to be engulfed in flames before hitting power lines.
At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, 44 houses in the area were still without electricity. ONCOR was working on it, but could not give an estimate of the restoration time.
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