SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The three airmen killed in the crash of a military tanker refueling plane in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan were from Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington state, the Department of Defense said Sunday.
The airmen assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft.
The Defense Department has identified the three airmen as Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, Calif., and Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield, Calif.
Search teams on Saturday found the bodies of two of the American crew members near where their military refueling plane crashed in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, while the third crew member was still missing, the emergencies minister of the Central Asian nation said.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The KC-135 plane crashed Friday afternoon about 100 miles west of the air base that the U.S. operates in Kyrgyzstan to support military operations in Afghanistan.