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October 20, 2019

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Military plane crashes in New Mexico desert

Officials in New Mexico say a military aircraft crashed in the desert northwest of Las Cruces International Airport during a training flight Saturday, injuring at least one person aboard.

Las Cruces Fire Department spokesman Lt. Mike Martinez says the flight was a training aircraft and a student and instructor were aboard the aircraft and ejected before the crash.

He says at least one of the two people aboard sustained minor injuries and had to be taken to a hospital but didn't have further details.

Martinez directed further questions to the New Mexico State Police.

New Mexico State Police Sgt. Chad Pierce says his agency has been tasked with keeping the crash site secured while the military and Federal Aviation Administration investigates.

Pierce said he could not confirm any other details about the crash and directed questions to the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station.

Messages left Saturday with the air station and FAA were not immediately returned.

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