Indiana native among four airmen killed in chopper crash

Tech. Sgt. Dale E. Mathews (USAF)

An Indiana native is among four airmen killed in an Air Force helicopter crash in England Tuesday.

Capt. Christopher S. Stover, Capt. Sean M. Ruane, Tech. Sgt. Dale E. Mathews, and SSgt Afton M. Ponce were members of the HH-60G aircrew who died in a crash at a Royal Air Force station in Lakenheath.

Mathews was a graduate of Rolling Prairie High School.

The US Air Force issued this statement:

An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter carries a four-person aircrew – a pilot, co-pilot, and two special mission aviators who are qualified as both gunners and flight engineers. On this particular mission, Stover and Ruane were the pilots, and Mathews and Ponce were the special mission aviators.

"We continue to think of the loved ones who are experiencing such a tragic, sudden loss," said Col. Kyle Robinson, 48th Fighter Wing commander. "The Liberty Wing feels as though it has lost members of its family, and we stand by to support one another and these Airmen's families during this difficult time."

The accident is currently under investigation, and more details will be released as they become available.