New mother, aviator from Palmdale killed in Asia

Originally posted on The Beast 980:

PALMDALE (CNS) – An Air Force captain who is a new mother from Palmdale was identified by the Pentagon today as one of three airmen killed when their tanker plane crashed in Central Asia, while supporting American troops in Afghanistan.

Capt. Victoria “Tori”‘ A. Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, was killed in the Friday crash of a KC-135 tanker near Chon-Aryk, Krygyzstan, the Defense Department announced.

Colorado Springs television station KKTV reported that Pinckney was the mother of a seven-month-old son, and was a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

She was one of three airmen in a KC-135 refueling plane when it went down in mountains after a midair explosion during a refueling operation, the Pentagon announced. That plane is a military version of the venerable Boeing 707 passenger plane, and the American aerial refueling fleet was built five decades ago.

The Pentagon said two other airmen were also killed: Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Boerne, Texas, a San Antonio…

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