MC-12 Crew Killed in Crash in Southern Afghanistan

p, .An MC-12 surveillance aircraft crashed in southern Afghanistan, claiming the lives of the four crewmembers, announced Air Forces Central Command on April 28. According to a Pentagon release, the airmen killed in the April 27 mishap were: Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28, of Woodbridge, Va., assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron at Scott AFB, Ill.; Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii, assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale AFB, Calif.; SSgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron at Beale; and SSgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, Ky., assigned to the 552nd Operations Support Squadron at Tinker AFB, Okla. The crash occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. local time in the province of Zabul, about 110 miles northeast of Kandahar Airfield, according to AFCENT. The airmen were serving with Kandahar’s 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron. The MC-12 was deployed from Beale. Coalition forces secured the crash site and recovered the airmen’s remains, according to AFCENT. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Initial reporting indicated there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash, according to the Pentagon’s release. (See also Beale release and Scott release and Tinker release.)