Navy Identifies Casualties of T-39 Crash

Story Number: NNS100414-17Release Date: 4/14/2010 10:23:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Air Training

PENSACOLA, FlA. (NNS) -- The names of the four Sailors killed in the crash of a T-39N Sabreliner near Blue Ridge, Ga., April 12, were released.

They are:

Lt. Cmdr. Charles McDaniel (Ret.), 67, of Cantonment, Fla.

Capt. Jason Paynter, USMC, 38, of Pensacola, Fla.

1st Lt. Shawn Nice, USMC, 26, of Levittown, Pa.

Ensign Zachary Eckhart, 25, of Pensacola, Fla.

All four were assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 86, based out of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. They were conducting a routine training mission at the time of the crash.

The cause of the mishap is under investigation.

A memorial service is scheduled Friday for family, friends and squadron mates at the Aviation Memorial Chapel, Naval Air Station Pensacola. The memorial service is not open to the public.

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