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Navy pilot from Canandaigua dies in jet crash in New Mexico

Jun 25, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP & WXXI News) — Authorities have released the name of a U.S. Navy pilot who died in the crash of an A-29 jet north of Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Navy officials say Navy Lt. Christopher Carey Short of Canandaigua was killed in Friday's crash over the Red Rio Bombing Range.

The range is part of White Sands Missile Range located about 65 miles north of Holloman.

In a statement Sunday, Navy officials say the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Holloman Air Force Base is about 200 miles south of Albuquerque. Col. Houston Cantwell, commander of Holloman's 49th Wing, is quoted on the Wing's Facebook page as saying that Short, "...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."