2 killed in Navy jet crash near Tennessee state line

Courtesy of Natalia Contreras with the Caller-Times

Courtesy of Natalia Contreras with the Caller-Times

The U.S. Navy said it was investigating reports of a military jet that crashed near Tellico Plains, Tennessee, on Sunday evening, as it appeared unlikely that the crew survived.

Earlier, officials said that an instructor and trainer were on board the T-45C Goshawk. It was carrying an instructor and a student at the time of the crash.

On Sunday, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, covering Tellico Plains, reported that the county dispatch initially received a call for a brush fire at 4:15 p.m.

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In late September, leaders of the Navy team investigating physiological episodes confirmed to Military.com that T-45s had resumed training flights in August, but said there had been four pilot physiological episodes since then.

Monroe County Emergency Management Director David Chambers estimates that the debris field to be "at least a mile long". The status of both people is unknown, the statement said.

#BREAKING. More to follow. #USNavy T-45C was training near area.

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Tellico Plains is about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee. Not Callico Plains, TN.

The U.S. National Guard says it will be in the area searching for the jet Monday.

The Navy did not respond to BuzzFeed News' requests for additional information.

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