TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. (WATE) – The U.S. Navy has identified the two pilots killed when their aircraft crashed in East Tennessee on Sunday.
The Navy says Lt. Patrick L. Ruth, 31, of Metairie, Louisiana; and Lt. J.G. Wallace E. Burch, 25, of Horn Lake, Mississippi, died when their T-45C aircraft went down in the Cherokee National Forest in Tellico Plains.
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Both pilots were assigned to the “Eagles” of Training Squadron 7 based at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi. Ruth was in the Navy for nine years and a member of VT-7 since 2015. Burch had been in the Navy for nearly three years and had been with VT-7 since 2016
An investigation is underway to determine what caused the mishap.