Navy identifies aircrew who died in Prowler crash

Navy identifies aircrew who died in Prowler crash

Navy identifies aircrew who died in Prowler crash

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 6:02 PM

HARRINGTON, Wash. -- The Navy has identified the three aircrew members who died in a Prowler crash Monday morning.

Lt. j.g. Valerie Delaney, 26, from Ellicott City, Md.; Lt. j.g. William McIlvaine, 24, from El Paso, Texas; and Lt. Cmdr. Alan Patterson, 34, from Tullahoma, Tenn. were killed when the Prowler crashed during a routine training exercise.

Delaney was the pilot and McIIvaine and Patterson were naval flight officers.

According to the U.S. Navy's Web site, the EA-6B Prowler is primarily used for the suppression of enemy air defenses in support of strike aircraft and ground troops. It's nearly 60-feet-long. It can carry a pilot and three other officers. The Prowler belongs to the Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ-129), also known as the Vikings, at Whidbey air station.

 

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