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TANKER CRASH: 3rd Body Found As We Await The Identity Of The Crew

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Wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft wreckage is seen in a field near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles west of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, on May 3. (Vladimir Voronin / The Associated Press) Wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft wreckage is seen in a field near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles west of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, on May 3. (Vladimir Voronin / The Associated Press)

UPDATE: According to the LA Times and the Russian Media the third body has been found. The cause of the crash is still under investigation but government officials in Kyrgyzstan say that investigators are actively looking for the "black box," also known as the flight recorder, to try to get a better of why the plane exploded in mid air. At this hour we continue to await the identity of the crew.

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UPDATE: Col. Brian Newberry, the Commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, released this statement on Saturday afternoon: 'We expect the Department of Defense to release the names of the fallen USAF KC-135 crew on Sunday morning. Currently, as a tanker community, we are grieving the loss of the crew fallen, fueling freedom abroad for this great country.'

UPDATE: KHQ Local News has confirmed with Air Force Officials that the three airmen involved in the plane crash in Kyrgyzstan are indeed from Fairchild Air Force Base. At this hour we're awaiting the identities.

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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - Kyrgyzstan's emergencies minister says the bodies of two American crew members have been found after a U.S. military refueling plane crashed in rugged mountains, while the search for the third crew member continues.

The minister told The Associated Press that Kyrgyz search teams found the two fragmented bodies Saturday morning. They have not yet been identified.

The KC-135 crashed on yesterday about 100 miles west of the air base that the U.S. operates in the Central Asian nation to support military operations in Afghanistan.

Officials at the U.S. Transit Center at Manas have released no information yet on the cause of the crash.

Authorities say military officials from Manas were working with Kyrgyz rescuers to search for the third crewman and the flight recorders.

UPDATE: We talked to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers office late Friday. They spoke with the Air Force earlier today. The Congresswoman's office says The Air Force is working to notify the next of kin and they will not officially confirm the names of the airmen or their home base until Saturday.

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CHALDOVAR, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - The search for three crew members of an American military refueling plane 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. There's no word on the fate of the crew.
    
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.

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