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U.S. Navy identifies casualty in A-29 crash

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The U.S. Navy on Monday released the name of the pilot who died in a crash at at Holloman Air Force Base.

Lt. Christopher Carey Short, from Canandaigua, New York, died June 22 when the A-29 aircraft he was piloting crashed while on a mission over the Red Rio Bombing Range, part of White Sands Missile Range north of Holloman.

Arlan Ponder, a spokesman for the 49th Wing, issued a release saying the crash occurred just before noon Friday at Red Rio Bombing Range.

The range is about 65 miles north of the base. It is an active Air Force facility that includes 196,000 acres on White Sands Missile Range.”There’s no way to describe the shock of this loss and the sadness we feel for his family,” said Col. Houston Cantwell, commander of Holloman’s 49th Wing. “He did pioneering work in aviation that will help shape American air power for years to come. We’re thankful to have known him and grateful for his devotion to duty.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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