Navy pilot dies in plane crash near Holloman Air Force Base

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UPDATE: 

A Navy pilot has died after being involved in a plane crash at Holloman Air Force Base on Friday.

Officials say Lt. Christopher Carey Short of New York died when the A-29 Super Tucano crashed while on a mission over the Red Rio Bombing Range.

“There’s no way to to describe the shock of this loss and the sadness we feel for his family,” said Col. Houston Cantwell, commander of Holloman’s 49th Wing. “He did pioneering work in aviation that will help shape American air power for years to come. We’re thankful to have known him and grateful for his devotion to duty.”

The incident is under investigation.

EARLIER:

One person was injured in a plane crash at about 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Air Force Base’s 49th Wing confirmed.

According to a news release, the A-29 Super Tucano crashed at the Red Rio Bombing Range, approximately 65 miles north of Holloman AFB, as part of the Air Force’s Light Attack Experiment.

One crew member was hospitalized with minor injuries as a result of the crash.

The bombing range is an active Air Force facility consisting of about 196,000 acres on White Sands Missile Range.

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