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Pine Island pilot killed in plane crash in Afghanistan

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Pine Island pilot killed in plane crash in Afghanistan
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The cargo plane that crashed in Afghanistan in April, killing a Pine Island man and 6 others, may have gone down because the cargo it was carrying shifted.

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Pilot Jeremy Lipka was killed when the Boeing 747-400 went down soon after takeoff at Bagram Air Field near Kabul.

The Afghan ministry of transport says there was no technical or mechanical problems before take-off, and the preliminary report shows a weight shift during the flight may have caused the crash. It could be a year before the investigation is final.

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