The Navy has released
the names of the four crewmembers killed in the January 10, 2006
downing of a T-39 Sabreliner training aircraft in Walker County,
The missing aircraft belonged to Training Squadron 86, and
officials believe the crew may have been participating in a
practice bombing run when it went down approximately 20 minutes
after departing Chattanooga, TN enroute to Pensacola NAS. A search
was immediately initiated after it failed to arrive at its
destination, after what was to be a routine training flight.
The aircraft wreckage was located Wednesday evening. There were
As was reported by Aero-News, the T-39 had four personnel on
board: a civilian contract pilot, a Navy instructor, a Navy student
and an Air Force student.
The deceased include:
LT Jason S. Manse, USN, 30, Omaha, NE
Ensign Elizabeth Bonn, USN, 23, Wilkes-Barre, PA
1LT Jason W. Davis, USAF, 28, Vista, CA
Commander Dave Roark, USN (Retired), Contractor, 68, Pensacola,
The aircraft accident site was discovered by a Georgia
State Patrol Helicopter assisting in the search operation. The site
is in the remote, heavily wooded and rugged terrain of the
Chattahoochie National Forest.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. A Navy mishap
investigation team is on location at the crash site.