3 Americans Die in MC-130 Crash
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2002 Three Americans died in the crash of an MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft in Afghanistan, June 12.
Seven other Americans survived and have been taken to medical facilities at Kandahar, said U.S. Central Command officials.
Those killed were: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sean M. Corlew, 37, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Air Force Staff Sgt. Anissa A. Shero, 31, of Grafton, W.Va.; and Army Sgt. 1st Class Peter P. Tycz II, 32, of Tonawanda, N.Y.
Corlew and Shero were assigned to the Air Force's 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Tycz was assigned to the Army's 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.
The special operations aircraft crashed shortly after take- off near the Bande Sardeh Dam. The site is about 35 miles southwest of Gardez in Paktika province.
Central Command officials said there is no evidence that the plane was shot down. The crash occurred at about 9:30 p.m. local Afghan time. Central Command officials would not comment on the mission of the plane.
This is the second crash of the C-130 class of aircraft in Operation Enduring Freedom. A Marine Corps KC-130 refueler crashed Jan. 9, killing all seven crew members.
The MC-130 Combat Talon II provides insertion, extraction and resupply of special operations forces and equipment. Other missions include psychological operations and helicopter air refueling.
A total of 41 Americans have been killed in operations in and around Afghanistan, officials said.