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Four U.S. servicemen die in Djibouti U-28 Crash

1st Lt Justin J Wilkens of Bend Oregon

Amy Oliver, public affairs director of the Air Force 1st Special Operations Wing, said the single-engine, fixed-wing U-28A was returning from a mission in support of the Afghanistan war.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The four killed in the crash included

Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, with the 319th Special Operations Squadron

Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, 29, of Newnan, Georgia, with the 34th Special Operations Squadron;

1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 26, of Bend, Oregon, with the 34th Special Operations Squadron; and

Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 26, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, with the 25th Intelligence Squadron.

Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten

Hall was a U-28 pilot with more than 1,300 combat flight hours. He was assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla

UPI Djibouti February 20, 2012

The US Department of Defense announced that four U.S. servicemen died in the crash of a U-28 aircraft in Djibouti.

The crash occurred approximately 8 p.m., Saturday, roughly 6 miles from the Djibouti International Airport near Camp Lemonnier. All four U.S. Air Force servicemen were from the Hurlburt Field in Florida, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a release Monday.

Three of the victims — two captains and a first lieutenant — were with the Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt. The other was a senior airman with the 25th Intelligence Squadron.

Capt. Ryan P. Hall

The incident has cast a spotlight on AFRICOM’s Camp Lemonier, a former French Foreign Legion base.

The AFRICOM Web site stated a safety board investigation has been initiated to determine the cause of the accident. Initial reports said there was word the aircraft developed technical problems during a routine flight.

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