3 killed in Navy plane crash
Crash site in Washington state is under investigation
Three Navy crew members died when their EA-6B Prowler crashed Monday morning in Washington state, the service said.
The Navy has yet to release the names of the three service members.
The plane crashed at about 8:45 a.m. PT about 50 miles west of Spokane after it took off for a training flight from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in northwestern Washington.
The crash is under investigation, according to the Navy.
HaLee Walter lives near the scene where the aircraft went down and told Spokane TV station KXLY she heard what she described as a sonic boom that shook her entire house.
"I called my husband and I'm like 'Did you just feel that? Did you hear that?' and he's like yeah, he's like 'I think an airplane just went down, I just saw a huge plume of smoke north of the house,'" she said.
Whidbey Island is home to the Navy's tactical electronic warfare squadrons, which fly the EA-6B Prowler and the EA-18G Growler. The Growler being phased into service to replace the Prowler, which carries a four-person crew.
A crew from the National Transportation Safety Board was headed to the scene, KXLY reported.
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