Navy pilot from Canandaigua dies in crash

June 24, 2018 11:12 PM

A U.S. Navy pilot from Canandaigua died when his plane crashed in New Mexico on Friday.

According to a Facebook post by Holloman Air Force Base's 49th Wing, Lt. Christopher Carey Short was flying his A-29 Super Tucano aircraft over the Red Rio Bombing Range when a "mishap" occurred.

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The Red Rio Bombing Range, part of the White Sands Missile Range, is north of Holloman Air Force Base, not far from the city of Alamogordo. 

According to biographical data provided by the Navy, Lt. Short was commissioned into the Navy in 2008 after serving in the Naval ROTC at the University of Utah. After completing training, he served with several Carrier Air Wing units, mostly based out of Virginia Beach. He had been awarded the Air Medal during his career.

"There's no way to 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, in a statement. "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 remains under investigation. 


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