Witness: Three dead in Spokane, Wash. military plane crash

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by KREM.com

WVEC.com

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 2:12 PM

(LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash.) -- Authorities confirm a military plane from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island crashed in Lincoln County, WA.

A Navy EA-6B Prowler fell from the sky between Harrington and Odessa around 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to U.S. Navy Lt. Kakiel.

A volunteer firefighter in Davenport tells KREM.com the plane crashed near the intersection of Coffee Pot Rd. and Duck Lake Lamona Rd.  The Harrington City Clerk says their office has received an email stating the crash killed three people.

A witness tells KREM 2 News he heard an "incredible boom" and saw a large plume of smoke.  Joel Cronrath says he went toward the scene and saw wreckage from the crash.  Cronrath says he drives a bus, and often sees military fighter jets training in the area, performing difficult maneuvers.  Cronrath was also told by authorities on the scene that three people died in the crash.

KREM 2 also talked to Stan Dammel, the manager of the Odessa airport.  Dammel says he flew over the scene after hearing of the crash.  He says all he could see was a charred spot on the ground with debris scattared.

Naval Air Station Whidbey sent a press release about the incident at 11:30 a.m. but officials said they did not have many details to release.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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