US Navy identifies crew killed in Alabama plane crash
FOLEY, Ala. - The two crew members who died when a U.S. Navy training plane crashed in a residential Alabama neighborhood on Friday have been identified.
U.S. Navy Lt. Rhiannon Ross, 30, and 24-year-old U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett were the two-person crew piloting a U.S. Navy T-6B Texan II trainer aircraft when it crashed in Foley, the Navy said in a statement Sunday.
“Their spirit, friendship, and devotion to their country will not be forgotten,” the Navy said.
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Ross was an instructor pilot from Wixom, Mich., while Garrett, who hailed from Weddington, N.C., was a student aviator.
The plane had taken off from Naval Air Station Whiting Field, about 30 miles northeast of Pensacola, Fla., on a routine training flight before crashing in Foley around 5 p.m. local time.
Student pilots prepare for take-off in the T-6 Texan II, March 27, 2019, at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
The plane hit a house and two cars, according to FOX 10 of Mobile, but the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office tweeted that no civilians were injured in the crash.
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The home and cars were engulfed in flames, but firefighters were able to make “a quick stop on the fire,” Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby told local news outlets.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.
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The Navy was working with local authorities to investigate the incident.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Paul Best and The Associated Press contributed to this report.