On Oct. 23, a T-6B Texan II trainer plane crashed in Foley, Alabama, killing Navy Lt. Rhiannon Ross, a 30-year-old instructor pilot and Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett, a 24-year-old student aviator.
Three days earlier, a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed near Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California during a routine training flight. The pilot safely ejected and was treated at a local medical facility. No civilians were hurt in either incident. The cause of both crashes remains under investigation.
The Naval Safety Center announced just before the Super Hornet crash that for the first time in nearly a century, both the Navy and Marine Corps went a whole year without suffering any aviation-related deaths.
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The lowest ranking commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.
An Ensign rank is just below lieutenant Junior Grade and above a non commissioned petty officer or midshipman.