US special forces killed in Djibouti plane crash
Four American special operations personnel were killed over the weekend in the crash of their aircraft in Djibouti as it returned from a mission, the US military said Monday.
10:23PM GMT 20 Feb 2012
The U-28, a modified single engine turbo prop plane used by special forces, crashed Saturday near Camp Lemonnier, a base used by the US military in the tiny Horn of Africa state.
The Pentagon identified the victims as Captain Ryan Hall, 30, Captain Nicholas Whitlock, First Lieutenant Justin Wilkins, and senior airman Julian Scholten, 26.
The four were based in Hulbert Field, Florida where they were assigned to special operations and intelligence squadrons.
The US Africa Command said the U-28 was on a “routine flight” when it went down six miles from the Djibouti International Airport.
The cause of the crash was under investigation but there was no indication it had been shot down.
Camp Lemonnier is often used for staging special forces raids into Somalia and other parts of the Horn of Africa.