A New Hampshire native was one of two American airmen who were killed Monday in Afghanistan when a US military plane crashed in the Ghazni Province, authorities said.
Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, 30, of Hudson, N.H., was killed in the crash, the cause of which is under investigation, according to a statement Wednesday from the US Department of Defense. Phaneuf was assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, officials said.
The other airman killed in the crash of the Bombardier E-11A aircraft was Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, 46, of Guam, who was assigned to Headquarters Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia.
In a Facebook post, Alvirne High School in Hudson stated that Phaneuf was the commander of the Air Force JROTC program with the “dream of being a pilot.”
“We are so glad his hard work allowed him to achieve that goal,” read the post.
Phaneuf graduated from the high school in 2007. The school’s staff and faculty extended its sympathies to Phaneuf’s family.
Phaneuf’s death marks the second tragedy in recent days for the school, which is located in a community that borders the Massachusetts state line and is just across the Merrimack River from Nashua.
Katie Thyne, a Virginia police officer who graduated from the school in 2013, was killed in the line duty last week. Thyne, who had served in the US Navy before joining the force and remained in the US Navy reserves, died after being dragged by a vehicle during a traffic stop.
Thyne was born in Lowell and lived in Dracut before graduating from high school in Hudson, according to her obituary. Her wake will be held Friday at Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, followed by a funeral Mass there on Saturday, the obituary said.
Alvirne High School principal Steve Beals said last week the school was mourning Thyne’s death and remembered her as a “kind and mature young lady who was passionate about JROTC.”
In a statement Wednesday night, the Hudson Board of Selectmen issued a statement reflecting on the line-of-duty deaths of both Phaneuf and Thyne.
“The entire Hudson community is saddened by the loss of these two patriots,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers will be with their families during this difficult time.”
On Twitter, Gov. Chris Sununu said his “thoughts and prayers” are also with the Phaneuf family.
“Capt. Phaneuf made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may continue to live freely," Sununu wrote. “All of New Hampshire, and America, mourns the loss of this great hero.”
Globe Correspondent Stephanie Purifoy contributed to this story. Material from the Associated Press was also used.