Michigan native among 2 killed in Navy plane crash

Lt. Rhiannon Ross. (Courtesy U.S. Navy)

UNDATED (AP/WOOD) — The U.S. Navy has identified the pilot killed in a plane crash during training in Alabama as a southeast Michigan native.

Lt. Rhiannon Ross, 30, was from Wixom, near Detroit.

Also killed in the crash was U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett, 24, of Weddington, North Carolina, the Navy said in a Sunday release.

“Their spirit, friendship, and devotion to their country will not be forgotten,” the Navy said.

An undated courtesy image of Ensign Morgan Garrett.

Ross, an instructor, and student aviator Garrett were on a routine training flight out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, when their plane crashed in Foley, Alabama, news outlets reported. Foley is between Mobile and Pensacola, Florida.

The T-6B Texan II aircraft crashed around 5 p.m. Friday. No one was injured on the ground.

Ross was a member of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps. Ross served three years with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 out of Norfolk, Virginia, before joining the Florida based Training Squadron Two in 2018.

Garrett was identified by Rear Adm. William Kelly, superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Kelly said Garrett graduated from the academy in New London, Connecticut, in May 2019, and majored in marine and environmental sciences. She was a regimental activities officer at the academy, and competed as a middle-distance runner in track and field.