The names of the four Sailors killed in the crash of a T-39N
Sabreliner near Blue Ridge, GA, April 12, have been released.
Lt. Cmdr. Charles McDaniel (Ret.), 67, of Cantonment, FL.
Capt. Jason Paynter, USMC, 38, of Pensacola, FL.
1st Lt. Shawn Nice, USMC, 26, of Levittown, PA.
Ensign Zachary Eckhart, 25, of Pensacola, FL.
All four were assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 86, based out
of Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL. They were conducting a routine
training mission at the time of the crash. Navy's Air Training
Command spokesman Lt. Brett Dawson said fuel spilled in the crash
started a 25-acre brush fire which slowed down recovery.