The U.S. Department of Defense, on Jan. 29, has identified the two Airmen who were killed in the Jan. 27 crash of a Bombardier E-11A aircraft in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
The deceased were identified as Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, 46, of Yigo, Guam; and Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, 30, of Hudson, New Hampshire.
Lt. Col. Voss was assigned to Headquarters Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Capt. Phaneuf was assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, said the Pentagon statement.
The E-11A crash occurred at around 13:10 local time on Jan. 27 near the village of Sado Khelo around 130 kilometers southwest of Afghan capital Kabul in the Dih Yak District in Ghazni Province. The aircraft, with serial/registration no. 11-9358, belonged to the U.S. Air Force’s 430th Expeditionary Electronic Squadron (430th EECS) operating out of Kandahar Air Base.
The U.S. Air Force operates a fleet of four Bombardier Global Express series aircraft in special-mission configuration, designated E-11A. This includes the first Global Express aircraft received in 2007, and two Global Express XRS variants and one Global 6000 aircraft received later.
These aircraft are an integral part of the Air Force’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program, an airborne communications relay that extends communication ranges, bridges between radio frequencies and “translates” among incompatible communications systems.
Last year, USAF’s E-11A fleet has collectively flown an impressive 100,000 hours since entering service.