El Paso native killed in Navy plane crash

El Paso native killed in Navy plane crash

POSTED: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 12:00pm

Three officers killed in EA-6B crash in Washington

El Paso native Lieutenant Junior Grade William Brown McIlvaine III was killed in a  plane crash in Eastern Washington Monday.

The 24-year-old was one of three Naval officers killed in the EA-6B Prowler jet crash, which was assigned to the Electronic Attack Squadron129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.  

Navy officials said in a release, "The aircraft crashed Monday morning in an unpopulated area approximately 50 miles west of Spokane, Washington." 

The other officers killed in the plane crash are:  Lieutenant Junior Grade Valerie C. Delaney of Maryland and Lieutenant Commander Alan A. Patterson of Tennessee.

Navy officials said that the plane was conducting a routine training flight prior to the crash.  A safety investigation is underway to determine the cause. 

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