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Plane crash in Afghanistan kills Kailua man, 3 other airmen

Capt. Reid Nishizuka was assigned to Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

By William Cole

LAST UPDATED: 04:59 p.m. HST, Apr 28, 2013

A 30-year-old Kailua man was among four Air Force personnel killed Saturday near Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft, the Pentagon said.

Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, the pilot, was assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

Also killed were: 

>> Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28, of Woodbridge, Va., assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

>> Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

>> Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, Ky., assigned to the 552nd Operations Support Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.  

The four Air Force service members were deployed to the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron with the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Air Field. Their bodies were recovered.

The Pentagon said the cause of the crash is under investigation. However, initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time.

The plane crashed in Zabul province, about 110 miles northeast of Kandahar Air Field, an Air Force statement said. 

The MC-12W Liberty is a medium- to low-altitude, twin-engine turboprop aircraft, according to the Air Force. Its primary mission is providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support directly to ground forces. 

A public affairs supervisor at Beale Air Force Base said the captain was piloting the MC-12 when it went down.

According to Nishizuka's Facebook profile, which is mostly private, he studied aerospace engineering at the University of Notre Dame after graduating from Kailua High School in 2000.  

Nishizuka entered military service in June 2005 and completed multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan before his most recent tour, said Staff Sgt. Robert Trujillo by telephone. 

Trujillo said Nishizuka arrived at Beale in November and deployed to Afghanistan last month. 

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NanakuliBoss wrote:
God Bless this True American.
on April 28,2013 | 03:22PM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
My condolences to his family and friends!
on April 28,2013 | 03:23PM
false wrote:
Uwe kalani. We are so sad. So lost. Mau kealoha no.
on April 28,2013 | 03:46PM
808warriorfan wrote:
GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY & YOUR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. My condolences to your family and friends.....
on April 28,2013 | 04:48PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Feel so sad for his family. God bless.
on April 28,2013 | 06:09PM
connie wrote:
Oh, gosh, this really hurts. Heartbreaking. Thoughts and prayers are with the Nishizuka Famiy. God Bless.
on April 28,2013 | 06:41PM
connie wrote:
Condolences to the family. God Bless.
on April 28,2013 | 06:42PM
maunawili1 wrote:
Ride that last wave, Surfrider!
on April 28,2013 | 08:30PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Prayers for the fallen soliders. God's blessings and grace be with your families.
on April 28,2013 | 09:31PM
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