The T-6B Texan II is a tandem-seat, turboprop trainer mainly used to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.
Navy officials did not immediately respond to questions about whether those aboard were students or instructors, where the flight originated, or how long the plane had been in the air. The crash comes three days after a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed in California during a routine training flight. That pilot ejected safely and was treated at a local medical facility.
The Naval Safety Center announced on Oct. 20, 2020, that the Navy and Marine Corps recorded no aviation-related deaths in fiscal 2020, which ended Sept. 30. The two killed in the Oct. 23 crash are the Navy's first aviation-related fatalities in more than a year.
A turbine engine that drives an aircraft propeller.
While sales for turboprop aircraft are doing well, those for jet trainers are rather slow.