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May 5, 2013 10:51 PM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Air Force Academy graduates killed in plane crash

Two Air Force Academy graduates, including one woman who lived in Colorado Springs for some time, were killed when their plane crashed in Kyrgyzstan on Friday.

According to information released by Department of Defense on Sunday Capt. Victoria Pinckney, 27, Capt. Mark Voss,27, and Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey, 30, were killed when their KC-135 went down shortly after take-off about 100-miles from the airport. Pinckney and Voss both graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2008 and Pinckney had spent a portion of her life growing up in Colorado Springs and listed it as her hometown. Voss was from Texas and Mackey from California.

All three airmen were staioned with the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington. Their duties in Kyrgyztan included providing transportation and refueling support to operations in Afghanistan.

Department of Defense officials said the investigation into the crash is underway and crews are on the ground in Kyrgyzstan sorting through the wreckage of the plane.

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