CV-22 Osprey Crashes in Afghanistan Kills Contractor
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 9, 2010
UPDATE: We have been informed that the civilian contractor killed in this crash was a female. As usual the identities of the killed and injured contractors will remain a secret, unhonored, unacknowledged.
We continue to wait for information regarding the contractor who was killed and any possible contractor injuries.
Cpl. Michael D. Jankiewicz, 23, died in Zabul Province on Friday after the MV-22 Osprey he was in crashed in Zabul Province.
Jankiewicz, who served in the 3rd Batallion, 75th Ranger Regiment, graduated from Ramsey High School in 2006.
Jankiewicz had written on his MySpace page, “I’m in the Army. It’s a good life.”
Army Capt. Erick McFerran, 28, is a civil affairs officer in Special Forces Special Operations. He currently is assigned to a civil affairs brigade at Fort Bragg, S.C. His mother, Barbara McFerran, said the family received word from Erick, who was in a Kandahar hospital, at 7:44 p.m. Thursday.
The Courier has received several reports that Erick McFerran of Independence was among those injured
Update April 1o
Airmen from Minn., Fla. killed in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense says two airmen from Minnesota and Florida were among those killed when their aircraft crashed in Afghanistan.
The Defense Department says 43-year-old Maj. Randell D. Voas of Lakeville, Minn., and 45-year-old Senior Master Sgt. James B. Lackey of Green Clove Springs, Fla., died Friday when a U.S. Air Force Osprey crashed near Kandahar.
The military said Friday that three service members and one civilian contractor had died in the first crash of the costly tilt-rotor aircraft in a combat zone. The other two people aboard the aircraft have not yet been identified.
The Defense Department said Saturday that Voas and Lackey were assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla.
ISAF Joint Command – Afghanistan
For Immediate Release
KABUL, Afghanistan (April 9) – A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed in southern Afghanistan late last night, killing three U.S. servicemembers, one civilian employee, and injuring numerous other servicemembers. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.
The CV-22 was carrying U.S. Forces when it crashed approximately seven miles west of Qalat City, in Zabul Province. The injured were transported to a nearby base for medical treatment.
The CV-22 conducts long range infiltration and resupply for U.S. Forces. It employs tilt-rotor technology that allows it to take off and land as a helicopter. While in the air the engines can roll forward, allowing the aircraft to fly faster than a standard helicopter.
The CV-22 is a modified version of the Marine MV-22.