The military speaks with an economy of words and an abundance of caution, so when a Navy plane crashed this morning in Washington State, and reports said all onboard had perished, it was bound to be grim news.
The EA-6B Prowler, based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, went down around 9:00 a.m. local time in Lincoln County in rural Eastern Washington.
Preliminary reports said there were three crew members onboard; none expected to have survived the crash.
Prowlers are twin-engine, four-place, aircraft used for electronic warfare and have been in service with the U.S. military since 1971.
Authorities at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island confirmed the plane was from their base but did not add any other information, including how many EA-6B Prowlers are based there.
The Northup Grumman built electronic warfare aircraft was likely on a training mission. The crash site was several hundred miles east of NAS Whidbey.
Read the KOMO News release here.
An aerial photograph taken by local resident, Stan Dammel, shows a giant black spot on the earth’s surface at the site of impact.
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