Flags lowered to honor Navy pilot killed in crash

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American FlagCORONADO, Calif. — Flags were at half-staff at the state Capitol Monday in honor of a Coronado-based helicopter pilot killed in a crash in the Red Sea.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones, 35, of Lompoc, was killed Sept. 22 as he tried to land a MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter on the deck of the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence.

Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore., was also killed in the crash. Three other crew members survived, according to the Navy.

In a statement, Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, expressed their deepest condolences on behalf of all Californians to the family and friends of Jones.

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