More detail on this person: Army plane crashes killing all 4 aboard FORT BELVIOR, Va. - A military plane trying to land in dense fog exploded in a fiery crash Wednesday, killing all four servicemen aboard, Army officials said. The twin-engine plane, on a flight from Fort Bragg, N.C., was either making an approach or circling Davison Air Field when it clipped some trees and crashed in a heavily wooded area about 500 feet from the airstrip, authorities said. "Our initial reports indicate the aircraft exploded on contact," said Lt. Col. Miguel Monteverde, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon. The pilot, co-pilot and two passengers were killed, according to Maj. Clyde White of the Military District of Washington, which operates the airfield adjacent to Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia. The dead were identified by Maj. Douglas Frey, a Fort Bragg spokesman, as: Chief Warrant Officer Richard Blunt, 44, of Richmond, Va.; Chief Warrant Officer James Hensley, 39, of Cameron, N.C.; Lt. Col. James E. Palmer, 44, of Franklin, N.C., and Master Sgt. William Reeves, 46, of Palatka, Fla. Frey said Blunt was the pilot of the plane and Hensley the co-pilot while Palmer and Reeves were passengers. 12 DEC 84 CW3 Richard N. Blunt [P] CW2 John D. Hensley [CP] LTC James E. Palmer MSG William Reeves Virginia 18 AVN U-21A #67-18062 Twin-engine plane from Ft Bragg crashed and exploded 500' from the airstrip in dense blanket of fog near Davison AAF at Ft Belvoir.
Burial information: Fort Bragg Main Post Cemetery, Fort Bragg, NC
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