Air Force pilot from SoCal killed in transport plane crash in Afghanistan


What happened aboard this C-130E Hercules, code named “Spare 617,” was “one of the greatest feats of airmanship of the Southeast Asia War,” according to the Air Force museum. (Credit: U.S. Air Force)

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LOS ANGELES — An officer from California was among six Air Force personnel killed Friday in the crash of a C-130 transport plane in Afghanistan.

Capt. Jonathan Golden, a 33-year-old pilot of Camarillo, was aboard the plane when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad Airfield in eastern Afghanistan, Los Angeles Times reported.

No cause has been cited for the crash.

Golden and three other airmen were from the 39th Airlift Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Two other airmen were from the 66th Security Forces Squadron at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

Golden is survived by his wife, Danielle, and two children.

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