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A U28-A (credit: U.S. Department of Defense)

A U28-A (credit: U.S. Department of Defense)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The Defense Department says an Air Force officer from Colorado Springs is among four people killed when a military plane crashed in Djibouti (jih-BOO’-tee), Africa.

The military said Monday that 30-year-old Capt. Ryan P. Hall died Saturday when the U-28 crashed.

Hall was a pilot with more than 1,300 combat flight hours. He was assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

plane crash map Colorado Air Force Officer Among 4 Killed In Crash

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The Air Force says the plane was returning from an intelligence, surveillance and reconaissance mission for the war in Afghanistan. Officials say initial indications are that hostile fire didn’t cause the crash.

Also killed were 29-year-old Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock of Newnan, Ga., 26-year-old 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens of Bend, Ore., and 26-year-old Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten of Upper Marlboro, Md.

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