Bend Airman Dies in Crash

, Posted: Tue, February 21 2012 at 8:05 AM, Updated: Tue, February 21 2012 at 8:07 AM

An airman from central Oregon was one of four Americans killed when their military plane crashed 6 miles from the only U.S. base in Africa.

The four killed in the crash included: 1st lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 26, of Bend.

The plane was returning from a mission in support of the war in Afghanistan, the military said late Monday.

The crash occurred at about 8 p.m. Saturday.

A statement from the U.S. Africa command called it a "routine" flight.

No word yet on when a memorial will be for Wilkens.

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