Madison
63° F
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Advertisement

Sun Prairie native killed in Afghanistan plane crash

Published On: May 01 2013 03:03:50 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 30 2013 05:18:26 PM CDT
Afghanistan map 2

rzdeb/iStock

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. -

A Sun Prairie native was among seven killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan on Monday, according to the man's uncle.

Jeremy Lipka, 37, was the captain of the National Airlines plane that crashed at Bagram Air Force Base, according to his uncle, Terry Lipka, of Sun Prairie.

The crash happened shortly after takeoff, the U.S.-based company said. The Boeing 747-400 was en route to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Terry Lipka said Jeremy went school in Sun Prairie later moved to Minnesota. As an adult he was living in Michigan.

He said most of Jeremy's flights were overseas and that Lipka's family is completely shocked.

Funeral arrangements are pending as investigation is underway. Lipka said someone from the company will be meeting with his family in Minnesota later this week. Jeremy had one child, but was not married.

"This was a purely cargo flight and no passengers were aboard," a company statement said. "Cargo consisted of vehicles and routine general cargo."

National specializes in moving freight for the military and businesses, as well as charter passenger service in the Middle East.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.

Advertisement
  • Buddy Check 3

    Learn more about Buddy Check and sign up to get a reminder to perform a self-exam and remind your friends to do the same.

  • Cruiser

    Cruiser

    Your pet photos

    Email us a picture of you and your pet and we'll use it in out Pet Walk segment which airs every weekday morning at 6:40. Include your name, your pet's name and where you're from. Email to petwalk@wisctv.com.

  • Time for Kids - Explore the Outdoors

    Dean Clinic and WISC-TV3 are focusing on a year-long campaign to get kids off their electronics and into the outdoors.

Advertisement