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Military confirms 2 victims in fatal Alabama plane crash were active duty Navy pilots

Capt. Vincent W. Segars receives the Legion of Merit during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington) | Commanding Officer of the "Sabrehawks" of Training Squadron (VT) 86 Cmdr. Joshua Fuller gives remarks as he prepares to relinquish command to Cmdr. Eric Reeves at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Nov. 14, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Steve Smith/Released)

The two victims in Wednesday afternoon’s fatal plane crash in rural Dallas County were active duty Navy personnel, a Navy spokesman told AL.com Thursday.

No further information on the victims was initially released because it had not been 24 hours since their next of kin were notified, Naval Education and Training Command spokesman Cmdr. James Stockman told AL.com. However, the victims were later identified as Navy pilots Capt. Vincent Segars and Cmdr. Joshua Fuller. The two were assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola.

The crash happened at 4:37 p.m. Wednesday in a rural, remote Dallas County area five miles south of Selma, according to Dallas County Coroner Alan Dailey.

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Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Piper PA-32 crashed two miles southwest of Craig Field. Two people were on board the aircraft, but the coroner would only confirm at the time it was fatal.

The FAA responded to the scene and will release the aircraft registration information at the appropriate time, Bergen said. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

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