Plane Crash Claims Navy Trainer and Student Pilot

Two more U.S. servicemen were killed Friday when their Navy T-6B Texan II trainer crashed into a residential neighborhood in Foley, Alabama, according to Zach Harrell, a spokesperson for Commander, Naval Air Forces. The victims’ names were not immediately released.

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Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett, left, and Navy Lt. Rhiannon Ross died Oct. 23, 2020, when their T-6B Texan II trainer aircraft crashed in Foley, Ala. (Courtesy photos via Navy)

Navy instructor pilot Lt. Rhiannon Ross, 30, along with her student, Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett, 24, were killed when their plane crashed into a house in the neighborhood at Magnolia Springs, southeast of Mobile, the U.S. Navy said.

Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby said responders encountered a “large volume of fire” with a home and several cars engulfed in flames. No injuries were reported on the ground.

The plane had flown out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, about 30 miles northeast of Pensacola, Florida, Navy spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn said.

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Navy were set to handle the investigation, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

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This photo provided by Greg Crippen shows the scene where a U.S. Navy training plane crashed in an Alabama residential neighborhood near the Gulf Coast, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 near Foley, Ala. (Greg Crippen via AP)


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