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Two houses left uninhabitable after jet crash

The crash of a T-38 military trainer jet into a residential area has left two homes uninhabitable, officials said.

Okaloosa County Emergency Manager Randy McDaniel said the two families displaced by the crash were placed temporarily in a hotel, with arrangements made by the American Red Cross. Long-term arrangements with the Air Force were being worked out, McDaniel said.

"Those homes have been found to be structurally unsound because of the impact of the plane," said Col. Bill Macon, coordinator of the Air Force's crash investigation. "They are unlivable."

Okaloosa County property records show one of the uninhabitable homes is owned by Lynn Parjani, the other by Leroy Coleman. Both are single-family, brick homes. Attempts to reach both owners by telephone were unsuccessful Sunday.

No one inside either home was injured in the crash, which occurred about 1:45 p.m. Saturday. The plane's pilot, Maj. Rich Beavers, ejected from the jet before it crashed and suffered only minor injuries, officials said.

The plane was making its final approach toward a runway at Eglin Air Force Base when it apparently experienced engine trouble and crashed.

Beavers was assigned to the 7th Combat Training Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, N.M., base spokesman Sgt. Aaron Crum told the Northwest Florida Daily News.

An Air Force investigative team is still attempting to determine what caused the crash, officials said Sunday.

The T-38 is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet. NASA has used the T-38 as a trainer for astronauts preparing for space shuttle missions.

Valparaiso is about 53 miles east of Pensacola.

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