3 Feared Dead in Navy Jet Crash

Sheriff tells local media that no one survived

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 11, 2013 4:02 PM CDT | Updated Mar 11, 2013 4:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Navy warplane crashed in rural Washington state this morning during a training mission and may have killed all three people on board, the Spokesman Review reports. The Navy hasn't confirmed the fatalities, but a sheriff said no one survived, and the manager of a nearby airport said it looked "like an ink spot down there." The manager told Komo News that "there's a pretty deep depression, a hole in the ground, and a lot of debris scattered around."

Stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the EA-6B Prowler flew regular training missions in Eastern Washington. The warplane is designed for electronic warfare, such as intercepting radio transmissions and jamming radar signals, and can carry anti-radiation missiles. The Northrop Grumman-built planes cost $52 million apiece.

In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, a U.S. Navy jet EA-6B Prowler approaches to land on the deck of USS George Washington in the South China Sea.   (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)
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