Afghanistan

Afghanistan: US Aircraft Crash Victims Identified

The two airmen were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

The US Department of Defense has identified two American service members whose military aircraft crashed in Afghanistan.

The two airmen were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel and died when their Bombardier E-11A crashed in Ghazni province.

The men killed were Lieutenant Colonel Paul K. Voss and Captain Ryan S. Phaneuf.

Lt Col Voss, 46, was assigned to Headquarters Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

Capt Phaneuf, 30, was assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

Their American communications plane crashed on 27 January in the Ghazni region of Afghanistan, which has a large Taliban presence.

A US military spokesperson said there were "no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire".

Colonel Sonny Leggett, representing US Forces-Afghanistan, denied reports from the Taliban that additional aircraft had crashed.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Cover image: A village near Ghazni in Afghanistan (Picture: US Army).