Navy identifies lieutenant and Coast Guard student killed in Alabama military plane crash

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THE NAVY has identified a lieutenant and a Coast Guard student who were killed in an Alabama military plane crash.

US Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett, 24, and US Navy Lt. Rhiannon Ross, 30, were on a routine training flight on Friday out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, when their plane crashed in Foley, Alabama, news outlets reported.

US Navy Lt. Rhiannon Ross, 30

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US Navy Lt. Rhiannon Ross, 30Credit: US Navy

US Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett, 24

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US Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett, 24Credit: US Navy

The T-6B Texan II aircraft crashed around 5pm on Friday. No one was injured on the ground.

The crash happened near a Baldwin County public school when students were still on campus during an after-school program.

Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler said the crash was “a little too close for comfort.”

The crash took place on Friday

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The crash took place on FridayCredit: AP:Associated Press

Flames came from the crash site

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Flames came from the crash siteCredit: WKRG News

Garrett, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, was a student aviator for the Coast Guard. She was identified by Rear Adm. William Kelly, superintendent of the US Coast Guard Academy.

Kelly said Garrett graduated from the academy in New London, Connecticut, in May 2019, and majored in marine and environmental sciences.

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She was a regimental activities officer at the academy and competed as a middle-distance runner in track and field.

Ross, of Wixom, Michigan, was identified by the Navy. She was a member of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Ross served three years with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 out of Norfolk, Virginia, before joining the Florida based Training Squadron Two in 2018.

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