Minnesota Marine Killed in Jet Crash in Iraq

8:42 AM, May 5, 2005   |    comments
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A U.S. Marine from Minnesota was killed in Iraq when his jet crashed. The remains of Kelly Hinz, 30, have been found following a plane crash. The U.S. military said earlier Wednesday that the remains of two pilots had been recovered after an apparent crash of two F/A-18 Hornet jets in Iraq. The military identified one of the pilot's as Maj. John C. Spahr, 42, of Cherry Hill, N.J. A Department of Defense Web site had not reported Hinz death as of Wednesday night, but the military had notified the man's family. Hinz's family declined to comment Wednesday. Mary Culbertson, the communications director at St. Thomas Academy, said friends of the family told teachers and former students that Hinz' body had been found. Hinz graduated from the school in 1993. Hinz's father, Donald, died in May 2004 when a vintage fighter plane he was piloting crash-landed during an air show in Wisconsin.

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