ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (KEVN/KOTA TV) - An Ellsworth airman was one of the two people confirmed killed when their aircraft crashed in Afghanistan Jan. 27.
The airman, whose name was not released, was a member of the 37th Bomb Squadron.
“This is a tragic loss to the Air Force and our Ellsworth family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the member’s family, friends and co-workers as we all come to terms with this tragedy,” said Col. David A. Doss, 28th Bomb Wing commander. “Every uniformed and civilian airman assigned to Ellsworth is a valuable member of our team and this airman will be greatly missed by all.”
The Bombardier E-11A aircraft crashed in the Ghazni Province. The E-11A is an electronic surveillance aircraft that transmits information for ground troops and connects forces in the area.
According to Air Force Magazine, the Air Force has four E-11As in theater, operated by the 430th Expeditionary Electronic combat Squadron out of Kandahar.
The Department of Defense is investigating the crash; but says it was not hostile fire.