Navy EA-6B Crash Kills Three in Washington State (Updated 2 p.m. PST)

Story Number: NNS130311-10Release Date: 3/11/2013 1:53:00 PM
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From Naval Air Forces Public Affairs

CORONADO, Calif (NNS) -- All three crew members aboard a Navy EA-6B Prowler jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., were killed when the aircraft crashed this morning in an unpopulated area approximately 50 miles west of Spokane, Wash.

The names of those killed in the crash will not be released until 24 hours after family members have been informed.

The aircraft was conducting a training flight prior to the crash.

A safety investigation is underway to determine the cause.

3/19/2013 11:58:00 AM
God bless to the lost crew and their families from a former A6 BN.

3/19/2013 11:24:00 AM
We are free because they were brave. A debt we cannot hope to repay.

3/15/2013 7:57:00 PM
My heart and prayers go out to the family for their loss- God Bless them for taking the risk to train in a way that better perpares others for war, to include themselves. They are my Hero's today and forever and I pray that they are flying Jets for the Lord in Heaven as we speak. Please pray for thri parents,family members and Spouses and children. This ( and their pictures should be on the front page of the paper as well on every TV station) giving them the praise and Honor they really derseve.

3/14/2013 12:29:00 PM
My deepest condolences and prayers to our Navy Families and Friends of these three brave heros

3/13/2013 9:16:00 AM
My daughter is in the Navy and works at Whidbey Island NAS. She told me about this very unfortunate accident. It saddens my heart that those working to protect our freedom have once again been needlessly killed. God bless their families as they go through a very painful experience.

3/13/2013 8:52:00 AM
Having worked on the EA-6B program for 9 years at NAVAIR in Pax River, this is very disturbing. These aircraft are well over 40 years old and it scares me that we have left them in the air too long. I hope this isn't the case. Prayers to the survivors!

3/13/2013 8:14:00 AM
My sincere condolences to the families, friends, fellow crew mates at Whidbey and abroad affected by this terrible accident. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.

3/12/2013 7:31:00 PM
Training always is a rough and dangerous. Salute these people as they gave the hightest sacrafice they could give.

3/12/2013 4:48:00 PM
My condolences to the families of our heroes,. God Bless America.

3/12/2013 3:54:00 PM
Military activity always has risks, whether at home or in theater. This crew was at their post and carrying out their mission. God's speed to their final rest.

3/12/2013 11:58:00 AM
Working with all the squadrons at Whidbey for over 20 years at NAS Ops, they all are like family. God Bless the CREW and God be with their FAMILIES and the men and women at NAS Whidbey......AMERICA- LAND OF THE FREE.... BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE MEN and WOMEN...............A-men

3/12/2013 11:48:00 AM
I can bet that the crew; when they knew they were going down, made sure that there were no other fatalities. That is what Navy is made of. Men of Honor; Men of Dignity and Men to be saluted. To the families; my prayers go out ot you all. Sad Sad Day for us all.

3/12/2013 11:38:00 AM
Heartfelt prayers for the families left behind.

3/12/2013 10:47:00 AM
Military activity at home or in theater is always a risk. They were at their post, doing their duty. God's speed for their souls.

3/11/2013 11:39:00 PM
Sorry to hear about the crew members on the EA-6B not making it! Let's find out what had happened and correct it so it doesn't happen again.

3/11/2013 11:15:00 PM
So sorry for the families. ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN.

3/11/2013 8:20:00 PM
Praying for loved ones

3/11/2013 5:45:00 PM
Sad day in the Navy.

3/11/2013 5:26:00 PM
Things like this will ( unfortunately ) happen . God bless the crew.

3/11/2013 4:21:00 PM
Prayers for the survival of the crew and for the safety of the search and rescue team. Bob Devlin

3/11/2013 3:02:00 PM
Thank you for all the information. I truly enjoy keeping up with whats going on with the navy.

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Airman Clay McGeshick, the Catapult One Bow Safety Observer, ducks down as a EA-6B Prowler launches from the flight deck.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
August 11, 2005
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