U.S. identifies four American victims in Afghan crash

WASHINGTON Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:05pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon identified four U.S. victims in Saturday's crash of a surveillance aircraft in southern Afghanistan and said the incident appeared unrelated to Taliban violence.

The police chief in Zabul province, Rogh Lewanai, told Reuters on Saturday that bad weather caused the plane to crash, in the district of Shahjoi. At the time, NATO did not identify the nationality of the victims but said they were part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

The Pentagon said on Sunday the crash of the MC-12 was under investigation.

Zabul, wedged between Kandahar and Ghazni, has seen much violence in recent weeks, including a suicide bomb attack in early April that killed a young U.S. diplomat, several U.S. soldiers and an unnamed U.S. civilian. Dozens of Afghan civilians also have been killed there this month.

The Pentagon said all four victims were airmen: Captain Brandon Cyr, 28, of Woodbridge, Virginia; Captain Reid Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii; Staff Sergeant Daniel Fannin, 30, of Morehead, Kentucky; and Staff Sergeant Richard Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, California.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart, additional reporting by Mirwais Harooni and Amie Ferris-Rotman in Kabul; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Comments (12)
americanguy wrote:
More brave Americans dead.
And for what?
Maybe someone can explain it to the loved ones of the men who died.

Apr 28, 2013 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dropbox wrote:
…………we also seem to have lost a dr leonid pavel in the flight….

Apr 28, 2013 7:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cristo52 wrote:
So, where were they flying the drones?

Apr 28, 2013 8:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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