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Funeral held for NH man killed in Afghanistan plane crash

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 1, 2020

HUDSON, N.H. — An Air Force officer who was killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan is being remembered by family and friends in New Hampshire.

A funeral Mass was held Saturday for Capt. Ryan Phaneuf, of Hudson, at Saint Kathryn Church. Ryan will receive full military honors at a private burial at Arlington National Cemetery on March 9.

Phaneuf, 30, was assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. In New Hampshire, he graduated in 2007 from Alvirne High School, where he was a member of the junior ROTC program.

He was one of two Air Force officers killed in the crash of an electronic surveillance plane in Afghanistan. Phaneuf was co-pilot of the Bombardier E-11A that went down on Jan. 27, his family said.

The crash is under investigation but officials said there's no indication the plane was downed by enemy fire.

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