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After fatal crash, Laughlin Air Force Base’s training aircraft return to the sky

Flying operations at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas resumed Monday morning, a week after a fatal T-38 Talon crash prompted the base to ground all its aircraft.

Capt. Paul Barbour, a 32-year-old instructor pilot with the 87th Flying Training Squadron, was killed Nov. 20 when his T-38 crashed. Capt. Joshua Hammervold, another instructor pilot with the 87th, was injured, treated at a local hospital, and released Nov. 21.

On Nov. 21, the base suspended all flying operations through the holiday weekend. Joel Langton, chief of media relations at Laughlin, confirmed to Air Force Times Tuesday that all flights had resumed.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Last week, Col. Charlie Velino, commander of the 47th Flying Training Wing, said the base is doing all it can to support the investigation and prevent future crashes from happening.

“Every day, our pilots take a risk as they step into the cockpit, and every day they operate with the utmost skill, professionalism and dedication to train the next generation of flying airmen and to ensure the safety of this great nation,” Velino said in the Nov. 21 release.

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