U.S. Aircraft Crashes in Djibouti, Four Fatalities


Verified SOF
Aug 18, 2007
San Antonio Texas
AFRICOM Press Release :(


STUTTGART, Germany, Feb 19, 2012 — During a routine flight, a U.S. military aircraft crashed approximately six miles from the Djibouti International Airport, Djibouti, February 18, 2012.

All four U.S. military personnel on board died.

The accident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. local. U.S. military personnel were dispatched to the scene to provide immediate response assistance and secure the crash site.

A safety board investigation has been initiated to determine the exact cause of the incident.

The names of the service members will not be released until after the primary next of kin have been notified.
AFSOC U-28 out of Hurlburt:

RIP Brothers.

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died February 18 when their U-28 aircraft was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Killed were:
Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, 29, of Newnan, Ga. He was assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 26, of Bend, Ore. He was assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 26, of Upper Marlboro, Md. He was assigned to the 25th Intelligence Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.