Ensign Morgan Garrett Biography – Ensign Morgan Garrett Wiki
Ensign Morgan Garrett was a Coast Guard student aviator and a Navy instructor pilot who has been identified as the two service members killed in the crash of a T-6B Texan trainer aircraft Friday in Alabama.
Ensign Morgan Garrett, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, was identified by Rear Adm. William Kelly, superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in an email to the academy community.
In a news release early Sunday afternoon, the Navy identified the other crew member as Lt. Rhiannon Ross, 30, of Wixom, Michigan. A spokesman for Commander, Naval Air Forces said the Navy is not releasing any other information at this time.
In a post Sunday on the Facebook page of Chief of Naval Air Training, the commander of Training Squadron 2, part of Training Wing 5 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Florida, expressed his sorrow.
Doerbirds and supporters,
It is with a heavy heart that I share the loss of two of our squadron members Friday evening: LT Rhiannon Ross and ENS Morgan Garrett. During a training mission, their T-6B crashed into a residential area near Foley, AL. We are thankful no one on the ground was injured, but sadly neither crew member survived. Our sincerest condolences and prayers go out to the family members who have suffered this tremendous loss. I cannot express the devastation we all feel at this time. I’d like to personally thank all of the support we have received from family, friends and colleagues from all over. I encourage everyone to take care of each other and the families directly affected by this tragedy as we navigate through the healing process.
Sincerely,Wes Barnes/VT-2 CO
“I cannot express the devastation we all feel at this time,” wrote Cmdr. Wes Barnes, CO of the “Doerbirds.”
“I’d like to personally thank all of the support we have received from family, friends and colleagues from all over. I encourage everyone to take care of each other and the families directly affected by this tragedy as we navigate through the healing process.”
The two women 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.
Photos show smoke billowing from a home and at least two vehicles in the subdivision in Foley, Alabama on the Gulf Coast where the T-6B Texan II aircraft crashed around 5 p.m. Friday. No one on the ground was injured.