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A T-45C Goshawk training aircraft conducts a test flight in 2011.
A T-45C Goshawk training aircraft conducts a test flight in 2011. (Kelly Schindler/U.S. Navy photo)

The Navy is investigating reports that a T-45C Goshawk training jet crashed Sunday in eastern Tennessee.

“At approximately 6 p.m., Training Air Wing ONE, based at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss., was made aware of the reports of a jet crash near Tellico Plains, Tenn., in the Cherokee National Forest,” a Navy statement said.

A T-45C from the wing that was training in the area has not yet returned to the air station, the statement added. Two pilots – an instructor and a student – were aboard the aircraft. Their status is unknown.

The incident is under investigation by the Chief of Naval Air Training, the statement added.

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