MASCOUTAH, IL (KPLR) - An Air Force captain from Scott Air Force Base is dead after a plane crash in Afghanistan over the weekend. Captain Brandon Cyr, 28, was an instructor pilot from Woodbridge, VA. The U.S. Department of Defense says his MC12 aircraft crashed near the Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan Saturday.
Investigators say there was no enemy action in the area at the time so they are now trying to figure out what went wrong.
Friends and coworkers at Scott Air Force Base struggled with the news.
Capt. Cyr was one of the first pilots in the 906th Air Refueling Squadron at Scott. His commanding officer remembers a young man who loved to volunteer, workout, and bake the best cookies on base.
“Don’t tell my wife,” laughed Lieutenant Colonel Doug Edwards. “I ate a lot of them.”
Edwards said Cyr was always selfless.
”It seemed as if his time wasn’t important to him. What was important to him was you and what you were doing and how he could enjoy being with you.”
Cyr also recently worked under Colonel Peter Nazamis of the 126th Air Refueling Wing at the Illinois Air National Guard. Nazamis said Cyr volunteered for his final assignment.
”He wanted to go and do this more than any other career path at that time in his career. And, our advice to him was, ‘Do that. Do what’s in your heart. Do what you do best. You are a professional airman.’ And, that’s what he put forth. I’m sure his other crew members were of that same caliber.”
The Defense Department confirmed that three others were on-board. They were all from Beale Air Force Base in California. They were 30-year-old Captain Reid Nishizuka of Kailua, Hawaii; 24-year-old Staff Sergeant Richard Dickson of Rancho Cordova, California; and 30-Year-Old Staff Sergeant Daniel Fannin of Morehead, Kentucky.
Back at Scott, officials started planning a memorial service for later in the week. Until then, flowers, cards, and a Cardinals jersey from friends and coworkers paid tribute to Cyr near the memorial of a four-person crew lost in 1982.