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Soldier killed in Afghanistan plane crash was Sun Prairie native

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Soldier against a U.S. flag graphic (properly sized)
Soldier against a U.S. flag graphic (properly sized)

SUN PRAIRIE, WI (WTAQ) - One of seven people killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan was a native of Sun Prairie.

His uncle said 37-year-old Jeremy Lipka was the captain of a National Airlines 747-400 cargo plane.

The company said the crash took place shortly after takeoff on Monday at Bagram Air Force Base. The plane was supposed to fly to Dubai. The cause remains under investigation.

Lipka’s family says they do not suspect foul play, even though the Taliban claimed responsibility for the plane crash. Military officials said there was no enemy activity in the area of the mishap.

Media accounts said Lipka went to school in Sun Prairie before moving to Pine Island Minnesota and eventually to Michigan.

National Airlines moves freight for businesses and the military, and it provides charter service for passengers in the Middle East.

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