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Navy continues investigation into crash near Orange Grove

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Mar 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-26 18:19:46-04

ORANGE GROVE, Texas — Clean-up continues after a jet crash near Orange Grove.

The crash occurred on Wednesday afternoon and the investigation into the cause of the accident is now well underway.

The pilots involved in a Navy training crash have been released from the hospital, a Navy spokesperson said.

Navy officials were on the scene on Thursday, coming from Jacksonville, Fla., to investigate.

On Friday, they brought equipment to relocate the jet as they began cleaning up the wreckage.

There is no word on what caused the accident.

The pilots were a student and instructor taking off from NAS Kingsville. Their jet crashed on County Road 308, northwest of Orange Grove, around 2 p.m. Wednesday. A Navy spokesperson said they had minor injuries after safely ejecting from the jet before the crash.

On Thursday, half a dozen investigators arrived on the scene to continue their investigation into what happened to cause the crash.

Debris can still be seen along the roadway including the parachutes, seats and wheels of the plane. The largest recognizable piece is the jet's tail. Following the jet crash, it did spark a brush fire that damaged private property.