Update: Pilots in Deadly Afghanistan Jet Crash Identified

Military officials have identified the two crew members killed when their North Carolina-based Air Force fighter jet crashed in eastern Afghanistan.

A Department of Defense statement released Sunday identified the two as 27-year-old Capt. Thomas J. Gramith of Eagan, Minn., and 26-year-old Capt. Mark R. McDowell of Colorado Springs, Colo. Both were assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

The military said an F-15E Strike Eagle crashed around 6:15 p.m. EDT Friday evening in Kabul.

The 336th Fighter Squadron's F-15E Strike Eagle jets and about 300 personnel, including air and ground crews, deployed from the Goldsboro base in April for a four-month tour of duty.


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  • by scott Location: eastern nc on Jul 19, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    Any loss is felt, but the closer to home, more so. I retired in 2002 from The Shady J; the loss of this aircrew hits home.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 18, 2009 at 09:19 PM
    I read on the SJAFB website that the crash was NOT due to hostile fire.Possibly flew into a mountain in the dark if some system malfunctioned.
  • by Hobie Cat on Jul 18, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    Very sad to hear this.Prayers to the pilots and their families.
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