Friday, May 3, 2013
A KC-135 tanker from McConnell Air Force Base crashed in Kyrgyzstan today, shortly after taking off. However, the crew was not based in Wichita.
A spokesperson for Florida Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young said the Congressman was told by the Air Force that the tanker was from McConnell, but the crew is from Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington.
Video from the crash site shows the word "McConnell" painted on the plane's tail.
The search for three crew members has been suspended for the night.
The plane crashed today in the rugged mountains of the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan -- a country where the U.S. operates an air base to help its war effort in Afghanistan.
Pieces of the plane were left scattered across a grassy field bordered by mountains.
A U.S. defense official in Washington says the plane was on a refueling mission for war operations in Afghanistan at the time of the crash.
According to an official in Kyrgyzstan, the front section of the plane hasn't yet been found. The rest of the aircraft was badly burned in the crash.
He says the search for the crew will resume tomorrow morning. The crash site will remain under guard.
Below is raw video shot by the Associated Press:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.