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Pilots injured in jet crash at Wichita Falls base

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A July 2, 2018 photo of a T-38C Talon aircraft at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls. (John Ingle/U.S. Air Force) A July 2, 2018 photo of a T-38C Talon aircraft at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls. (John Ingle/U.S. Air Force)

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Two military pilots were injured Tuesday morning when their jet crashed at Sheppard Air Force Base.

In a tweet, the base said the T-38C Talon aircraft "departed the runway prior to takeoff" at 10:13 a.m. and both pilots ejected.

U.S. Air Force pilot 1st Lt. Charles Walet was taken to United Regional Medical Center in Wichita Falls as a precaution; he was reported to be in stable condition. German Air Force pilot Maj. Christian Hartmann was treated for minor injuries at the base clinic.

"We are grateful both aircrew members are safe, and for the outstanding response from our fire, security and Medical personnel," said 80th Flying Training Wing vice commander Col. Lendy Renegar in a written statement.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

The T-38C is a supersonic training aircraft. Two pilots were killed in a May 2008 crash at Sheppard AFB.

The 80th Flying Training Wing trains pilots for 14 NATO allies.

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