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Air Force jet forced to land in Newport News after losing canopy during takeoff

A T-38 Talon sits on the runway at Langley Air Force Base. A similar plane from Laughlin Air Force Base crashed on Monday, prompting base officials to ground aircraft through the Thanksgiving weekend.

TERESA CLEVELAND/U.S. AIR FORCE

By ANDREA CASTILLO | Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) | Published: December 17, 2014

(Tribune News Service) — An Air Force jet was forced to land at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport Tuesday after it lost a canopy during takeoff, a spokesman said.

The rear canopy came off a T-38 A assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base during a routine training mission, said Alton Dunham, an Air Force spokesman.

The canopy landed on the runway and did not injure anyone or cause additional damage, and the jet landed at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport to avoid the canopy, Dunham said.

Neither of the two pilots on board were injured, and Air Force officials are conducting a safety investigation to find out what caused the canopy to come off, Dunham said.

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