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Two Southern Californians killed in Air Force crash in Kyrgyzstan

May 05, 2013|By Tony Perry
  • Wreckage of the U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft that crashed near Chaldovar, Kyrgyzstan.
Wreckage of the U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft that crashed near… (Igor Kovalenko / EPA )

Two of the Air Force crew members killed in the crash of a KC-135 refueling aircraft in Kyrgyzstan were from California, according to information released Sunday by the Department of Defense.

Killed were Capt. Victoria Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, and Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield. The two were assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.

Also killed was Capt. Mark Voss, 27, from Colorado Springs, Colo.

The KC-135 Stratotanker crashed for unknown reasons Friday shortly after takeoff from the Manas air base in the Central Asian nation. The refueling plane was heading to Afghanistan.

Mackey graduated from Bakersfield High School. He is survived by his wife, Megan, and daughter, Payton.

Pinckney graduated from Palmdale High and the Air Force Academy. She is survived by her husband, Richard, and son, Gabriel.


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