NAVAL AIR STATION LEMOORE - A Navy investigation has concluded that a jet crash that killed two demonstration team aviators during a practice routine last spring resulted from too much speed and an insufficient angle of attack that caused the jet to hit the ground just nine seconds after the maneuver began.

A Navy report obtained by The Sentinel through the Freedom of Information Act also found that the crash that killed Navy pilot Lt. Matthew Ira Lowe, 33, and weapon systems officer Lt. Nathan Hollingsworth Williams, 28, on April 6, 2011 was partly due to "systemic failures in the F/A-18 TACDEMO program" that might have been prevented with more rigorous training controls.

Lowe and Williams died when their F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed on private farmland just west of Naval Air Station Lemoore. The two officers were practicing a maneuver used by the VFA-122 Tactical Demonstration (TACDEMO) team in air shows called the loaded roll. The maneuver has since been removed from demonstration flights.

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