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UPDATE: DOD identifies casualties of Kyrgyzstan crash

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CHON-ARYK, Kyrgyzstan (WKOW) -- The U.S. Department of Defense announced the death of three airmen involved in Operation Enduring Freedom.

On May 3rd, the KC-135 aircraft crashed near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The airmen killed were 27-year-old Colorado resident Captain Mark T. Voss, 27-year-old California resident Captain Victoria A. Pinckney, and 30-year-old California resident Technical Sergeant Herman Mackey III.

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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) -- The emergencies ministry in Kyrgyzstan says a U.S. military plane has crashed in the country.

Kyrgyzstan hosts a U.S. base that is used for troops transiting into and out of Afghanistan and for C-135 tanker planes that refuel warplanes in flight.

A ministry official who did not give his name said the plane crashed Friday afternoon near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles (160 kms) west of the base.

The head of the region that includes Chaldovar, Kuralbek Khamaliyev, told The Associated Press by telephone that the plane broke into three pieces when it crashed into an uninhabited area.

The  U.S. base, called the Manas Transit Center, said it had no immediate information.
 

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