Lt. Rhiannon Ross earned her commission in April 2012. Before joining the Florida-based Training Squadron Two in February 2018, she served three years with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 out of Norfolk, Virginia.
Lt. Ross was a member of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps, according to her Navy career bio. Her personal awards include a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
U.S. Navy Lt. Rhiannon Ross, 30, and 24-year-old U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett were the two-person crew piloting a U.S. Navy T-6B Texan II trainer aircraft when it crashed in Foley, the Navy said in a statement Sunday.
“Their spirit, friendship, and devotion to their country will not be forgotten,” the Navy said.
The two were flying a routine mission out of Whiting Field when the turboprop aircraft went down in an Alabama residential neighborhood, said Cmdr. Zach Harrell, spokesman for Commander, Naval Air Forces, on Saturday.
Lt. Ross was an instructor pilot from Wixom, Mich., while Ensign Garrett, who hailed from Waxhaw, N.C., was a student aviator.
The plane had taken off from Naval Air Station Whiting Field, about 30 miles northeast of Pensacola, Fla., on a routine training flight before crashing in Foley around 5 p.m. local time.
The plane hit a house and two cars, according to FOX 10 of Mobile, but the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that no civilians were injured in the crash.
The home and cars were engulfed in flames, but firefighters were able to make “a quick stop on the fire,” Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby told local news outlets.