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home : news : north central illinois   July 22, 2014

4/29/2013 12:58:00 PM
Pilot with local ties among 4 killed in Afghanistan


The Associated Press




MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense says one of four Air Force members killed in a weekend plane crash in Afghanistan was a pilot who had been stationed at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois.

The department says 28-year-old Capt. Brandon Cyr of Woodbridge, Va., died in Saturday’s crash of an Air Force MC-12 aircraft.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The Pentagon says there were no reports of enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.

Cyr, who has some extended family members living in the Illinois Valley, said Roger Tidaback of Peru, was an instructor pilot and member of the 906th Air Refueling Squadron within the 375th Air Mobility Wing based at Scott. The base also says Cyr flew with members of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 126th Air Refueling Wing.












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