Wednesday, May 1, 2013

7 Americans killed in Afghan plane crash identified - USA Today

Brad Hasler was married in a small ceremony about two weeks ago.

But his life came to a tragic end Monday when he and six other civilians, all but one of them from Michigan, were killed when a cargo plane crashed after taking off from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

"He was just a great fun guy," said neighbor and friend Krista Oetjens, 38. "He loved life. There was never a dull moment with him. I just can't believe this happened. I'm in shock."

Six people from Michigan were on the plane, which was carrying vehicles and general cargo from Afghanistan to Dubai, when it crashed just after takeoff about 7 a.m. ET within the perimeter of Bagram Air Base. Initial reports had put the Michigan casualties at five.