A military plane has crashed in eastern Washington State with three passengers initially confirmed dead. The crash occurred some time before 8:45 a.m. on March 11. The crash site is located in Lincoln County and specific details as to the cause or the number of passengers on board was not immediately known, according to a March 11 Reuters article.
The plane was reported to to have been based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, which is located 90 miles north of Seattle, according to a March 11 article in The Blaze.
Bus driver Joel Conrath is one witness who frequently spots military aircraft from NAS Whidbey Island in the area. He went to the scene and saw the wreckage. Personnel at the scene told him that three people had died. He also said that he observes aircraft executing "difficult maneuvers" in the area.
NAS Whidbey Island is the top naval air station in the northeast U.S. Whidbey Island is the home base for all Navy tactical electronic attack squadrons that fly the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler. The air station also hosts four P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol squadrons and two Fleet Reconnaissance squadrons flying the EP-3E Aries.