Three killed in Eastern WA military plane crash

Three killed in Eastern WA military plane crash

Credit: HaLee Walter, neighbor

Three killed in Eastern WA military plane crash

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 11:12 AM

 

(LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash.) -- Three people are dead following a naval plane crash in Lincoln County, Wash., according to the sheriff’s office.

A Navy EA-6B Prowler fell from the sky near Coffee Pot Road and Duck Lake Lamona Road between Harrington and Odessa around 8:30 a.m. Monday, to U.S. Navy Lt. Kakiel tells KREM 2.

A witness says he heard an "incredible boom" and saw a large plume of smoke.  Joel Cronrath says he went toward the scene and saw wreckage from the crash.  Cronrath says he drives a bus, and often sees military fighter jets training in the area, performing difficult maneuvers. The Navy says the crew members from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island were conducting a routine training flight prior to the crash.

Authorities are keeping the media and neighbors about a mile away from the scene. Personnel tell KREM 2 rocket launchers were on board the plane, but they believe they have yet to go off.

KREM 2 also talked to Stan Dammel, the manager of the Odessa airport.  Dammel says he flew over the scene after hearing of the crash.  He says all he could see was a charred spot on the ground with debris scattered. The crash scene is said to span over 2 miles.

Naval Air Station Whidbey sent a press release about the incident at 11:30 a.m. but officials said they did not have many details to release.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

 

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