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Navy Still Notifying Families of Prowler Crash Victims

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The U.S. Navy is still notifying families of three crew members killed in a plane crash Monday.

Commander Kevin Stephens says they will not release the names of the crew members until 24 hours after their family members have been notified.

The E/A-6B Prowler from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island crashed Monday morning in a farm field about 50 miles west of Spokane. Photos of the crater show the plane apparently disintegrated upon impact.

The Navy says the plane was engaged in low-level training exercises when it crash. The cause is under investigation, a process that Stephens says will most likely take weeks to complete.

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