San Diego airman was one of two killed in Oklahoma Air Force base crash

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A U.S. Air Force student pilot from San Diego was among two military fliers killed this week in the crash of a supersonic jet in Oklahoma, military officials reported Friday.

Travis Wilkie, 23, a second lieutenant assigned to the 71st Student Squadron, died Thursday morning when the T-38C Talon training aircraft he was in went down during a routine formation flight at Vance Air Force Base, according to officials at the air station north of Oklahoma City.

Wilkie, an alumnus of La Jolla Country Day School in University City, was recently commissioned into the Air Force and assigned to the 71st Student Squadron, according to the Air Force. He is survived by his wife, parents and sister.

Also killed in the crash was Lt. Col. John “Matt” Kincade, 47, an instructor pilot assigned to the 5th Flying Training Squadron. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, military officials said.

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