Nine airmen killed in WC-130 crash identified by Puerto Rico Guard

Matt Saintsing
May 03, 2018 - 3:34 pm

Ohio National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson

Puerto Rico’s National Guard on Thursday identified the nine airmen killed in a tragic crash when their aging WC-130 plunged from the air into a Georgia highway a day earlier.

The 60-year-old aircraft, assigned to the 156th Airlift Wing on Puerto Rico, was flying from Savannah, Ga bound for Arizona where it was due to be decommissioned.

Here are the nine airmen killed Wednesday:

  • Maj. José R. Román Rosado was the pilot who had 18 years of service. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
  • Maj. Carlos Pérez Serra, a navigator with 23 years of service, who is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons.
  • 1st Lt. David Albandoz, co-pilot, with 16 years of service, survived by his daughter and wife.
  • Senior Master Sgt. Jan Paravisini, a mechanic with 21 years of service. He is survived by two daughters and a son.
  • Master Sgt. Jean Audriffed, who served for 16 years is survived by his wife and two sons.
  • Master Sgt. Mario Braña was a flight engineer with 17 years of service, who is survived by his mother and daughter.

  • Master Sgt. Víctor Colón served for 22 years and is survived by his wife and two daughters.
  • Master Sgt. Eric Circuns, the crew’s loadmaster, served 31 years and is survived by his wife, a son, and two step-daughters.
  • Senior Airman Roberto Espada had three years of service and survived by his grandmother.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló declared nine days of mourning for the crew, and flags on the island will fly at half-staff, the governor’s office said.

27 US service members have died in noncombat crashes of military aircraft this year. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Air Force and National Guard Bureau.

The WC-130 was used during Hurricane Maria when relief efforts were under way by the Puerto Rico National Guard. It was also used during Hurricane Irma to rescue Americans from the British Virgin Islands.