A MILITARY plane slammed into homes in a Texas neighborhood after two pilots ejected themselves during a routine exercise accident.
The T-45C Goshawk jet trainer crashed at around 11.15am on Sunday morning between the 4000 blocks of Tejas and Dakota in Lake Worth, Texas.
The aircraft had been conducting a routine training flight when the pilot and a student suddenly got into difficulty – forcing the pair to eject themselves before the smash.
One of their parachutes became entangled in powerlines – causing mass power outages – while the other pilot was found nearby, according to Lake Worth Police Chief J.T. Manoushagian.
They were both transported to hospital, where the pilot is said to be in a stable condition.
The student's current condition is unknown, but the Navy confirmed in a statement that he is alive and is receiving treatment at a medical facility.
Smoke was seen billowing from behind houses in the residential area.
The shocking crash displaced the residents of up to six homes that were hit, but no injuries were reported.
The U.S. Navy later identified the plane and explained it had been conducting a routine training flight after taking off from Corpus Christi International Airport.
A cause for the crash is still unknown, but the Navy and other investigative teams are aiding the probe, while a safety team is set to inspect the damage.
The Red Cross was also on scene to help those who were displaced as a result of the crash.
Three people were treated and released at the scene.
Locals up to three blocks away from the crash site have lost power – which is expected to remain out for a number of days.
It could have been much worse.
But despite the chaos, Lake Worth Fire Chief Ryan Arthur said it "could have been much worse."
Up to 70 residents have been affected by the crash and several homes sustained minor damage, but none of them took a direct hit.
The Fort Worth Fire Department confirmed that all fires have been extinguished.
Despite being in close proximity to the NA Howry Middle School, it is not expected to cause disruption this week.
Lake Worth police have asked any residents who find debris to leave it in place and call the department's non-emergency phone number, 817-237-1224.
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