by Channel 2 News staff
Friday, July 30, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Air Force has identified the four men killed in Wednesday's C-17 crash.
Majors Michael Freyholtz and Aaron Malone, Capt. Jeffrey Hill and Master Sgt. Thomas Cicardo were killed when the plane went down while practicing for this weekend's air show Wednesday night.
Freyholtz and Malone were pilots assigned to the Alaska Air National Guard's 249th Airlift Squadron. Hill was a pilot assigned to Elmendorf's 517th Airlift Squadron, and Cicardo was a loadmaster with the 249th Airlift Squadron.
"We come to work with immense sorrow after four of our fellow airmen lost their lives," said Brig. Gen. Charles E "Chuck" Foster, the commander of the 176th Wing of the Alaska Air National Guard, in a statement. "They were more than valued Airmen: They were our teammates, friends, family members and fellow Alaskans."
At this weekend's Arctic Thunder air show there will be a memorial C-17 on the flight line next to the static C-17 for the air show. There will be pictures of the crew and people are invited to leave flowers, said Bob Hall, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson public affairs officer.