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Navy identifies two killed in plane crash in Alabama

Navy identifies two killed in plane crash in Alabama
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The Navy has identified the two service members killed Friday in a T-6B Texan II plane crash in Alabama.

Navy Lt. Rhiannon Ross, 30, of Wixom, Mich., and U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett, 24, of Weddington, N.C., were killed when their two-seat trainer aircraft crashed into a house in a residential area of Foley at approximately 5 p.m.

Ross, an instructor pilot, and Garrett, a student aviator, had taken off from Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., for a routine training flight. 

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“Their spirit, friendship, and devotion to their country will not be forgotten,” the Navy said in a statement.

No civilians were injured as a result of the crash and the Navy “is working with local authorities to investigate the incident.”

No information has yet been given on what might have caused the crash. 

This is the second training crash involving a Navy plane in two months.

In late August, two Navy pilots and two crew members were forced to bail out of an E-2C Hawkeye plane before it crashed during a training flight over the Virginia coast.