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U.S. Spy Plane Down in Afghanistan, Kills Four Airmen

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A MC-12 Liberty surveillance aircraft in Iraq. US Air Force photo.

A MC-12 Liberty surveillance aircraft in Iraq. US Air Force photo.

Four U.S. airmen were killed Sunday in a plane crash in Afghanistan, according to a release from the Pentagon.

The four airmen went down in a MC-12W Liberty surveillance aircraft in the south of the country, according to a release from the Department of Defense.

The airmen were identified Sunday as:

Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28, of Woodbridge, Va. He was assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii. He was assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, Calif. He was assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif. For more information, media may contact the 9th Reconnaissance Wing public affairs office at 530-634-8887 or 530-634-5700.

Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, Ky. He was assigned to the 552nd Operations Support Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

The crash remains under investigation, however NATO officials have said there was no enemy activity detected in the immediate area, according to a report from the Associated Press.

MC-12s are modified Hawker Beechcraft commercial airframes used in support of irregular warfare and special operations missions. The craft specialize in monitoring the electronic spectrum and can be equipped with cameras and laser designators, according to information from the U.S. Air Force. MC-12s were first used in 2009in response to a request to U.S. Central Command for a medium altitude surveillance platform