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Three confirmed dead in Navy aircraft crash in Eastern Washington | Update

March 11, 2013 · Updated 3:17 PM

This image show the crash site of a EA-6B Prowler from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station that went down around 9 a.m. this morning west of Spokane. / by Stan Dammel


The Navy confirmed this afternoon that all three crew members aboard a Whidbey Island Naval Air Station EA-6B Prowler were killed when the aircraft crashed this morning in Eastern Washington.

The names of the Navy personnel killed will not be released until 24 hours after family members have been informed.

The Prowler crashed during routine training 50 miles west of Spokane.

The aircraft was assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 129.

Navy personnel are en route to the scene, according to Mike Welding, public affairs officer for the Naval Air Station.

"I understand they were training out there," he said. "We have training routes in Eastern Washington and Oregon."

The Associated Press reported that the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash west of Spokane.The EA-6B Prowler is a twin-engine, mid-wing electronic warfare aircraft.

The aging aircraft is being replaced by the EA-18G Growler.

Information will be reported as it's obtained.



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