Navy identifies the two pilots killed in Tennessee T-45 aircraft mishapATLANTIC OCEAN (June 7, 2014) A T-45 Goshawk from Training Air Wing (TW) 1 performs a touch and go on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). TW-1 and 2 are conducting carrier qualifications aboard Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)
The Navy has released the identity of the pilots killed when their T-45C aircraft crashed in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, Oct. 1.
Lt. Patrick L. Ruth, 31, of Metairie, Louisiana, and Lt. j.g. Wallace E. Burch, 25, of Horn Lake, Mississippi, died when their aircraft went down in the Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee. Both pilots were assigned to the “Eagles” of Training Squadron (VT) 7 based at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi.
Ruth had been in the Navy for nine years and was a member of VT-7 since 2015. Burch had been in the Navy for nearly three years and was a member of VT-7 since 2016.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the mishap.
This is a U.S. Navy press release.