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U.S. Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Aircraft Crash ID'd As Pfc. Jacob Wykstra

Army Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra
Army Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra

Army Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, died May 28, in Kandahar Province of injuries he suffered in what the Defense Department is calling an "aircraft accident."

Home Post reported Thursday that a NATO soldier was killed and three American soldiers injured when their U.S. military helicopter crashed May 28 after hitting a communications antenna in Kandahar province.

The Pentagon has not confirmed if this is the same accident that killed Wykstra.


Wykstra was from Thornton, Colorado. The Associated Press reports Wykstra enlisted in the Army in May 2013 and was deployed to Afghanistan in January.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Fort Carson officials said in a statement reported by the Colorado Springs Gazette:

"It is always hard to lose a part of our military family. Our thoughts and prayers are with PFC Wykstra's family and friends during this very difficult time."