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Air Force Academy graduate killed in helicopter crash

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 08 2014 03:26:31 PM CST

CNN

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy was one of four Airmen killed in a helicopter crash on Tuesday (1/7/14).

Capt. Christopher S. Stover graduated from the academy in 2008.

Stover died when the HH-60G helicopter he was riding in went down on the Norfolk coast northeast of London.

Also killed in the crash were Capt. Sean M. Ruane, Tech. Sgt. Dale E. Mathews, and Staff Sgt. Afton M. Ponce.

The Air Force says that an HH-60G helicopter carries a four-person aircrew: a pilot, co-pilot, and two special mission aviators who are qualified as both gunners and flight engineers. On this particular mission, Stover and Ruane were the pilots, and Mathews and Ponce were the special mission aviators.

"We continue to think of the loved ones who are experiencing such a tragic, sudden loss," said Col. Kyle Robinson, the 48th Fighter Wing commander. "The Liberty Wing feels as though it has lost members of its family, and we stand by to support one another and these Airmen's families during this difficult time."

The accident is currently under investigation.

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