Military plane crash: Military officials said that three people were killed in a plane crash during a training flight over Washington.
Three crew members were killed after a U.S. military plane crashed in Washington state on Monday morning, officials said.
The plane, which was assigned to Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island, crashed during a training flight, the Navy said in a statement, and added that “all three crew members aboard a Navy EA-6B Prowler jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 129″ were left dead in the incident.
The plane crashed around 50 miles west of Spokane, Wash., located somewhat near the Idaho border.
The names of those who were killed will not be released until 24 hours after family members have been informed, the Navy added.
The Navy said it has launched an investigation into the matter
“It was flying out there. I don’t know exactly what it was doing,” base spokesman Mike Welding told Reuters. “Everything is really preliminary at this point.”
Stan Dammel, who manages a nearby airport, saw the crash from his own aircraft.
“It just looked like an explosion,” Dammel told the news agency, describing a path of charred ground and spread debris.
Officials in Lincoln County said the crash took place between the towns of Harrington and Odessa, according to The Spokesman-Review.
A nearby resident, Karen Carlson, who lives by the crash site, said she thought she heard a sonic boom.
“Then the whole house just shook,” she said, referring to the plane’s impact, according to the newspaper. “I told the guy (on the phone), ‘Oh, it’s an earthquake.’”
Local resident HaLee Walter said that when he visited the crash site, “you could see smoke and bits of plane in the middle of the field,” according to The Associated Press.
The EA-6B Prowler is used by the Navy and Marine Corps to jam enemy radars and intercept radio transmissions.
“The thoughts and prayers of northwest Washington are with the families of the aircrew who lost their lives today,” U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) said in a statement, according to AP. His office represents the Whidbey Island area. “This tragic crash is a painful reminder of the dangerous work that members of the armed services perform every day in service to our nation.”
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