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Ens Steven Eliot Pontell

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Ens Steven Eliot Pontell

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Death 29 Oct 1989 (aged 23)
At Sea
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 5998978 View Source
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A Navy pilot was killed in a crash on the USS Lexington.October 29,1989-U.S. Navy T-2C Buckeye,BuNo 158876,of VT-19,crashes into Vultures'Row on the island of training carrier USS Lexington,AVT-16 during a wave-off approach,operating in the Gulf of Mexico 22 miles South of NAS Pensacola,Florida,killing five and injuring 20. Killed were the student pilot,three seaman,and a civilian employee of the Navy.This was the last aviation accident on the Lady Lex before her retirement to a museum ship at Corpus Chrisri,Texas.[182] Killed in the crash were the pilot,Ensign Steven E Pontell,23,Columbia,Maryland,who was alone in the two-seat trainer;Lexington crewmen Petty Officer 3rd Class Burnett Kilgore Jr.,19,Holly Springs,Mississippi;Petty Officer 3rd Class Timmy L. Garroutte,30, Memphis,Tennessee;Airmen Lisa L. Mayo,25,Oklahoma City,Oklahoma;and a civilian employee of Dyn Corp who had the contract to maintain Navy aircraft,Bryron Gervis Courvelle,32,Meridian,Mississippi.


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