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.
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.
Update plane crash: The plane involved in the crash is going to be a US Naval aircraft. No civilians were injured on the ground. DOD and Navy personnel will be handling the investigation and will provide further updates.
— BC Sheriff's Office (@1BC_SO) October 23, 2020