Rep. Larsen offers condolences on loss of aircrew
CORONADO, Calif.– A Navy EA-6B Prowler jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ-129) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., crashed this morning in an unpopulated area approximately 50 miles east of Spokane, Wash. Navy personnel are en route to the scene.
The Navy has not officially confirmed the status of the aircraft crewmembers. The Aircraft was conducting a routine training flight prior to the crash. A safety investigation will be carried out to determine the cause.
Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement today following the crash of an EA-6B Prowler in Eastern Washington. The Prowler was based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
“The thoughts and prayers of Northwest Washington are with the families of the aircrew who lost their lives today. I grieve with Whidbey Island for the loss of three of our own. This tragic crash is a painful reminder of the dangerous work that members of the armed services perform every day in service to our nation. I stand ready to give my full support to NAS Whidbey Island and the local Navy community as they investigate this accident and mourn these losses.”
The Seattle Times has a story and photo on the crash.