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Navy: Texan Among Wash. Crash Victims
The Navy has identified three crew members who died when their plane from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island crashed in Eastern Washington.
Killed were 34-year-old Lt. Cmdr. Alan Patterson from Tullahoma, Tenn.; 26-year-old Lt. Junior Grade Valerie Delaney from Ellicott City, Md., and 24-year-old Lt. Junior Grade William Brown McIlvaine III of El Paso, Texas.
The twin-engine E/A-6B Prowler crashed Monday in a farm field about 50 miles west of Spokane.
The Navy said the plane was engaged in low-level training exercises when the crash occurred. The cause is under investigation.
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