Navy identifies aircrew in Alabama plane crash


FOLEY, Ala. (NewsNation Now) — 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 and U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett.

Ross, 30 of Wixom, Michigan was an instructor pilot and Garrett, 24 of Weddington, North Carolina was a student aviator, the Navy said.

The two-person crew was on a routine training flight Friday out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, Zach Harrell, spokesman for Commander, Naval Air Forces, said.

Courtesy: Pilot Brandon Ressinger via WKRG-TV

Crews were at the crash site all day Saturday as the investigation continued.

“You heard a big thump and the house shake,” said Andy Price.

Price was at home Friday afternoon in Magnolia Springs, Alabama, when he heard something outside.

“I ran outside and as soon as I get outside, just right across the street it was pretty much already engulfed,” said Price.

A Navy trainer aircraft crashed into the front yard of the home right across the street from him.

“It was on fire, everything was on fire, the house, the cars, the whole plane,” said Price.

Kenny Fowler and his family live behind Price’s home. His wife and children had just gotten home less than 10 minutes before the crash.

“Heard a massive boom, actually heard a sound, it sounded like a car crash according to them. Came out and saw black smoke billowing, you know, yards from the house really,” said Fowler.

NewsNation affiliate WKRG and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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