Navy: Pilot error caused fatal crash in Lincoln Co. farm field

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by AP

KREM.com

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 1:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Navy officials say pilot error caused a fatal training jet crash in an Eastern Washington farm field. The crash in March 2013 killed all three aviators aboard.
 
The EA-6B Prowler was based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in northwest Washington.

Read more: Three killed when Navy plane crashes in Lincoln County

Other media outlets report a detailed review of the crash was released Tuesday by the Navy's Pacific Fleet headquarters in San Diego.
 
Officials reviewed training records as well as reports from the crew of a Navy jet that accompanied the Prowler.

Read more: Military investigates cause of Prowler crash 
 
Among several findings, the review concluded that the flight's instructor had been placed into "unnecessarily accelerated training," and the other two flight officers were not fully prepared for the challenging, low-altitude mission they were flying.
 

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