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Navy identifies the two pilots killed in Tennessee T-45 aircraft mishap

ATLANTIC 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)
October 03, 2017

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.

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An undated file photo of Lt. J.G. Wallace E. Burch, 25, of Horn Lake, Mississippi. Burch was one of two pilots who were killed Oct. 1 when their T-45C aircraft crashed in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

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.

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An undated file photo of Lt. Patrick L. Ruth, 31, of Metairie, Louisiana. Ruth was one of two pilots who were killed Oct. 1 when their T-45C aircraft crashed in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

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

This is a U.S. Navy press release.