Skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

Names Released Of Navy Aviators Killed In Jet Crash (Video)

Three Naval Aviators Killed In Plane Crash

Pilot Lt. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney, 26, of Ellicott City, Maryland; flight officer Lt. William Brown McIlvaine III, 24, of El Paso, Texas; and flight officer Lt. Cmdr. Alan A. Patterson, 34, of Tullahomawere, Tennessee were killed Monday when their Navy EA-6B Prowler jet crashed after taking off from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state, according to a Navy news release.

The plane was conducting a routine training flight when it went down in an unpopulated area roughly 50 miles west of Spokane.

All three crew members were assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.

Seattle television station KCPQ-TV has more on the backgrounds of the three Naval aviators who lost their lives Monday.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.