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Unclear if crashed plane from Fairchild AFB

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm •  Published: May 3, 2013

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Air Force is not saying if a military tanker refueling plane that crashed Friday in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan is from Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane.

A Fairchild spokesman said the KC-135 with three crew members aboard is assigned to a base called the Transit Center at Manas in that Central Asian country. Many Fairchild planes and air crews operate out of the Transit Center at Manas, in support of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

There was no immediate word on the fate of the crew, who are listed as missing.

Fairchild spokesman Sgt. Eugene Taylor said once the air crew is located, their identities will be withheld for 24 hours to inform next of kin.

Fairchild is home of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, and is one of several U.S. bases where KC-135s are located.

The crashed plane had wing markings indicating it may have been based at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., but Taylor could not confirm if that was the case. Even if the plane was from McConnell, the crew could be from another base.

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