|Birth: ||Sep. 15, 1971, Bermuda|
|Death: ||Apr. 12, 2010|
From Chief of Naval Air Training Public Affairs
ELLIJAY, Ga (NNS) -- A T-39N Sabreliner crashed near Ellijay, Ga., at approximately 4 p.m. April 12. There were four personnel aboard the aircraft assigned to Training Squadron - 86 (VT-86) of Training Air Wing 6 based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
The aircraft was conducting a routine cross-country training mission of Naval Flight Officer (NFO) students.
The navy confirmed those killed were;
LCDR Charles McDaniel, US Navy (Ret) pilot (67)
CAPT Jason Paynter, US Marine Corps, NFO Instructor (38)
1Lt Shawn Nice, US Marine Corps, NFO student (26)
Ens Zachary Eckhart, US Navy, NFO student (25)
Bermudian Marine dies in air crash.
By Amanda Dale
Captain Jason Paynter, 38, was killed on a training mission out of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, on April 12.
This weekend relatives travelled to Pensacola for his funeral service at the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel.
The Bermudian served 20 years in the US military and was a decorated war veteran.
He survived four tours of Iraq and Afghanistan but died on a routine training flight over northern Georgia, aboard a US Navy T-39N Sabreliner.
The bodies of Capt. Paynter and the three other crew members were recovered from nearby woodland.
US Navy investigators are currently examining the cause of the accident.
Capt. Paynter moved to the US with his family at the age of six and enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1989.
In 1997 he was appointed to the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Programme and in 2001, promoted to Second Lieutenant.
The Marine was descended from the late Burton Paynter, a former St. George's Cup Match opening batsman and wicketkeeper from the 1930s.
His father Burton Paynter told US news website Inforum his son was determined to fly from a young age. He initially served as a Marine before becoming a military flight instructor.
"He was living his dream," said Mr. Paynter, who now lives in Moorhead, Minnesota.
He described his son as a "real jokester" and a "good boy".
The Bermudian added that after one mission in May 2005, Capt. Paynter sent him an American flag with a certificate to say it had been flown over Afghanistan in his honour during Operation Enduring Freedom.
"I never thought I'd be burying him," he said.
Capt. Paynter's cousin, Clearwater Middle School teacher Neil Paynter Sr. told The Royal Gazette: "This is a shock for everyone. He was in the military doing something he loved but it's unfortunate this accident happened.
"His father and my father were brothers, but it's been so long since I've seen him. My family went up to the funeral. I haven't been in contact with them but this is a great loss."
Capt. Paynter is survived by his wife Brandy and three children, Jason Jr., Destiny and Jasmine, in Pensacola.
From; The Royal Gazette, April 27. 2010
Notes from a family friend;
Jason was born on 9/15/1971 in Bermuda.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1989 right after graduating from high school. He deployed several times- did a tour in Iraq as a part of Desert Storm, was also deployed to Iraq in 2006 and 2008 and was in Afghanistan in 2005.
He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 2001. He then trained as a naval flight officer where he became a Weapon System Officer on the Marine EA-6B Prowler.
Jason reported to NAS Pensacola VT-86 in January 2009 and was there until his death.
He is survived by his wife Brandy and their two daughters and a son. His parents, brothers and a sister and many other family and friends.
His funeral service was held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at The Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, NAS Pensacola, Florida.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Record added: Apr 15, 2010
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