Student pilot, instructor identified as victims in fatal military plane crash near Montgomery airport

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT/AP) — The United States Air Force has released information on the identities of the pilots killed Friday in a military aircraft crash in Montgomery.

According to officials, a student pilot and an instructor were flying out of the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi as part of a two-day training trip. The plane crashed around 5:30 p.m. in Dannelly Field in Montgomery.

Officials revealed the student was a 23-year-old from Japan. The instructor was identified Sunday as 25-years-old Scot Ames Jr., who was with the 50th Flying Training Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. He was from Pekin, Indiana. The name of the student pilot is not being released at this time.

The training mission began at a “pretty routine” time of the day, officials said. At this time, all flying operations at the base have been suspended. A military investigation is underway. The Air Force says it could take anywhere from one to two months for the investigation to be complete. The cause of the accident is unclear at this time.

Air Force officials encouraged the public to pray for the families and friends of the victims. No other information has been released as of Sunday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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