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Airman based at Scott AFB among 5 killed in helicopter crash

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Scott Air Force Base. (File photo)

An airman from western Michigan is one of two U.S. military personnel killed in a helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Defense Department says in a release Tuesday that 38-year-old Master Sgt. Gregory Kuhse of Kalamazoo died Oct. 11.

Kuhse and 45-year-old Major Phyllis Pelky, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and riding in a British Puma Mk 2 when it went down. Three others, including two members of Britain’s Royal Air Force also were killed. Five more people aboard the helicopter were hurt.

Kuhse was assigned to the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron at Scott Air Force Base in southern, Illinois. Pelky was assigned to the Air Forc Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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