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4/29/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Department of Defense announced April 28 the deaths of four airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died April 27, near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.
* Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28, of Woodbridge, Va. He was assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
* Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii. He was assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif.
* Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, Calif. He was assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif.
* Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, Ky. He was assigned to the 552nd Operations Support Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.
That's what the second source has speculated, but there are several reasons why the nose could have pitched up like that, from the trim tabs being in the full nose up position, to a flight control failure causing the elevators to go to full nose up.
According to a listener on frequency the crew reported the aircraft stalled due to a possible load shift.
The aircraft was carrying 5 military vehicles.