JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (WAVY/AP) — An airman assigned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis was one of two airmen killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan Monday.
The Department of Defense released the identities of the two men Wednesday afternoon. They are Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, 46, and Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, 30, according to the department.
Voss is from Yigo, Guam but was assigned to Headquarters Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
10 On Your Side spoke to Voss’ neighbors in the Yorktown area. A neighbor said Voss was the type of man to give you the shirt off his back. In fact, the neighbor said his car broke down and Voss not only helped him tow the car, but fixed it for him.
Another woman who lives in the area says she would see Voss outside gardening with his children. Neighbors says Voss was 17 days away from returning home.
Phaneuf is from Hudson, New Hampshire, and was assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.
Voss and Phaneuf died in the Monday crash of a Bombardier E-11A aircraft in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.
The crash’s cause is currently under investigation, the Department of Defense said.
The aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the U.S. military said, adding that there were no indications at that time it had been brought down by enemy fire.
The Bombardier E-11A is a U.S. Air Force electronic surveillance plane. Video from the crash site circulating on social media appeared to show its charred ruins, according to the Associated Press.