Navy E/A-6B Prowler crashes in Eastern Washington; Navy confirms 3 dead

Officials: Crash during training mission

SPOKANE, Wash. - The U.S. Navy informed Congress that three crew members died after the military aircraft they were on crashed in Washington state Monday morning.

The E/A-6B Prowler, from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, was reported to have crashed at about 8:45 a.m. local time Monday, base officials said.

Navy officials said the plane was on a low-level training mission when it crashed into a farm field in Lincoln County, about 50 miles west of Spokane, Wash. Prowlers typically carry a four-person crew.

The Navy said no parachutes were spotted by the wingman, and first responders have found remains of the plane's crew.

NAS Whidbey Island is home to the U.S. Navy's tactical electronic warfare squadrons. Crews from the base, located on Puget Sound, regularly fly across Eastern Washington for training exercises.

"You could see smoke and bits of plane in the middle of the field," local resident HaLee Walter told KREM-TV of Spokane after visiting the crash site.

The Prowler specializes in electronic warfare such as jamming enemy radar and intercepting radio transmissions. It can also be equipped with missiles.

Whidbey Island officials said the plane that crashed was attached to Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-129.

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