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HAFB officer killed in civilian plane crash

Lt. Col. Raymond Roessler
Lt. Col. Raymond Roessler

Hill Air Force Base's Lt. Col. Raymond Roessler, 44, was killed Friday after crashing his civilian aircraft in California.

Hill officials said Roessler, a member of the 309th Maintenance Wing, crashed his single-engine Piper PA-28 near I-15 in San Bernardino County.

The Associated Press reported that the small plane crashed on the freeway median on a hilly pass, slowing rush-hour traffic for a while. There was no fire, and only one person was found dead inside the plane, according to the AP.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Roessler was flying alone from Long Beach to Henderson, Nev.

A Hill spokesperson said Roessler, who is originally from Texas, entered active duty in the Air Force on Feb. 15, 1988. No other information about Roessler's military career was available Friday.

A woman who answered the phone at Roessler's Clinton home Friday afternoon declined to comment.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family of this airman," Maj. Gen. Kathleen Close said in a statement. Close is commander of Hill's Ogden Air Logistics Center. "It is always a tragedy when we lose a member of our Air Force family, and we will continue to rally around his family during their time of need."

Contributing: Associated Press