HARRINGTON, Wash. -- The Navy has identified the three aircrew members who died in a Prowler crash Monday morning.
Lt. j.g. Valerie Delaney, 26, from Ellicott City, Md.; Lt. j.g. William McIlvaine, 24, from El Paso, Texas; and Lt. Cmdr. Alan Patterson, 34, from Tullahoma, Tenn. were killed when the Prowler crashed during a routine training exercise.
Delaney was the pilot and McIIvaine and Patterson were naval flight officers.
According to the U.S. Navy's Web site, the EA-6B Prowler is primarily used for the suppression of enemy air defenses in support of strike aircraft and ground troops. It's nearly 60-feet-long. It can carry a pilot and three other officers. The Prowler belongs to the Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ-129), also known as the Vikings, at Whidbey air station.