Memorial Held For 3 Navy Aviators Lost Off North Carolina Coast

More than 1,500 people turned out to mourn the deaths of three Navy fliers killed when their radar plane crashed at sea off North Carolina last week.

A service was held at Norfolk Naval Station yesterday for three lieutenants -- Ryan Betton of Suffolk, Virginia; Cameron Hall of Louisiana; and Jerry Smith of Maine. Their E2 Hawkeye went down August 16th after taking off from the USS Harry S. Truman, which was preparing for an upcoming deployment.

The crew of the twin-engine radar plane had been practicing carrier takeoffs and landings. The crash is still under investigation.

Lieutenant Jason Buckley says Betton loved to teach people how to fly the Hawkeye.