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N.C. woman identified among 2 who died in Navy plane crash

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Posted at 7:19 PM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 19:56:58-04

FOLEY, Ala. — The U.S. Navy says the two crew members who died when a Navy training plane out of Florida crashed in an Alabama residential neighborhood were an instructor pilot and a student aviator.

The U.S. Navy has identified the two-person aircrew killed in a crash Friday in Foley, Alabama, as U.S. Navy Lt. Rhiannon Ross, 30-years-old from Wixom, Michigan, and U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett, 24-years-old from Weddington, North Carolina.

Ross, an instructor pilot, and Garrett, a student aviator, took off from Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, on a routine training flight.

The T-6B Texan II trainer aircraft crashed in a residential area of Foley around 5 p.m. CDT on Friday. Navy officials say no civilians were injured as a result of the crash.

Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby told news outlets that responders encountered and extinguished a “large volume of fire” that had engulfed a home and cars.