Two experienced Naval Aviators have died in a crash in Alabama, sending shockwaves of grief through the NAS Pensacola community.
Capt. Vincent Segars and Cmdr. Joshua Fuller were traveling from Jasper, Alabama, when their Piper PA-32 dove in near an airfield in the Selma area.
The aircraft, which was a general aviation plane owned by Fuller, went down just after the pilot radioed that they would be making an emergency landing.
Segars, who hails from Valdosta, GA (near Moody Air Force Base), was the commander of the Pensacola-based Naval Aviation Schools Command at the time of the crash, and had held the position for two years.
NASC trains over 12,000 students from every branch in a variety of essential aviation skills and techniques.
According to the Stars and Stripes, Segars had over thirty years in service, and had clocked over 4,300 flight hours. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit awards, the Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals and an Air Medal for individual action and four for strike flights.
Fuller, who is from Orlando, had over 2,100 flight hours and had just relinquished command of a training squadron late last year. He had orders to NASC.
The National Transportation Safety Board will not be travelling to the crash site to conduct the investigation, but is currently attempting to determine the cause of the crash.
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