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2 dead after aircraft involved in 'mishap' at Oklahoma's Vance Air Force Base
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2 dead after aircraft involved in 'mishap' at Oklahoma's Vance Air Force Base

Officials: 2 dead after aircraft involved in 'mishap' at Oklahoma's Vance Air Force Base

2 dead after aircraft involved in 'mishap' at Oklahoma's Vance Air Force Base

Two people died Thursday morning in what officials called a "mishap" involving two aircraft at Vance Air Force Base.

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The mishap, which happened around 9:10 a.m. local time, involved two Air Force T-38 Talons, officials said. The aircraft were carrying two people each for a routine training mission when the incident occurred.

Emergency response personnel responded to the scene shortly after the incident was reported, authorities said. Officials declined to immediately identify the people killed in the mishap, citing the need to notify next of kin.

Gov. Kevin Stitt offered state support to Vance Air Force Base officials in a statement posted on Twitter after the incident.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the pilots' families and the team at Vance Air Force Base," Stitt said. "I have talked with the Wing Commander at Vance AFB to communicate the state will offer support in any possible way during this time."

Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, said in a statement that he was "deeply saddened" to learn of the incident at Vance Air Force Base.

"Our servicemen and women give everything, even their lives, to protect our nation," Lankford said. "I pray for God's grace and healing as their families walk through this and to all those they serve with as they try to understand the difficult loss of their friend and coworker. My office will continue to communicate with personnel at Vance and the Enid community to provide resources and assistance in the days ahead."

Authorities said a safety investigation team was investigating the incident.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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