Sat, Apr 17, 2010
Three Were From Florida, One From Pennsylvania
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.
The cause of the mishap is under investigation.
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