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A-6 Intruder Crashes; Two Dead

July 24, 1993

PAINT BANK, Va. (AP) _ The pilot and co-pilot of a Navy A-6 Intruder were killed when their jet slammed into a mountain, igniting a 10-acre forest fire.

The jet was with an attack squadron flying a routine training mission from the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Lt. Kevin Wensing said.

Navy officials identified the pilot as Lt. Paul A. Ambrogi, 26, of Richmond, Va. The bombadier-navigator was Lt. Joseph Kendall Rough, 28, of Wilmington, N.C.

Twenty-eight firefighters worked to contain the fire, authorities said.

The crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. in the wilderness about 30 miles northwest of Roanoke, near the Virginia-West Virginia line.

Rescue teams hiked for more than three hours over rugged terrain to reach the site, Virginia State Police said.

The Navy is investigating the crash.

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