Two Air Force Officers Killed In Afghanistan Plane Crash Arrive In Dover

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Two United States Air Force Officers arrived in Dover Thursday evening.

On Monday, Lieutenant Colonel Paul K. Voss and Captain Ryan S. Phaneufa died when the  U.S. Bombardier E-11A they were operating crashed in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, left, and Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, right

The Department of Defense officially announced the deaths of the two Airmen who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) over the weekend.

While the cause of the crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire, said USFOR-A Spokesman Col Sonny Leggett.

U.S. forces recovered the remains of two pilots from the site where the aircraft went down.  The remains were found near the crash site, treated with dignity and respect by the local Afghan community, in accordance with their culture, said Leggett. The force also recovered the aircraft’s flight data recorder before they destroyed remnants of the aircraft.

The E-11A aircraft is outfitted with a Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN). The region’s difficult terrain poses threats to troop’s communication efforts, and the BACN helps keep them connected.

U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Anna-Marie Wyant

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, however, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire, said, Leggett

Voss, 46, of Yigo, Guam was assigned to Headquarters Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.  Phaneuf, 30, of Hudson, New Hampshire was assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

A U.S. Air Force carry team transfers the remains of Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, of Hudson, N.H., during a dignified transfer Jan. 30, 2020, at Dover Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik) (Photo by GS-09 / Roland Balik) (Above)

A U.S. Air Force carry team transfers the remains of Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, of Yigo, Guam, during a dignified transfer Jan. 30, 2020, at Dover Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

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