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Hilo, Hawaii News, Sports, & Information Friday, May 27, 2016

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Posted: Friday, May 10th, 2013 9:14 AM HST

Hundreds line up to honor airman

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hundreds of people lined up to honor an airman who was killed last month when his aircraft crashed in Afghanistan.

Hawaii News Now reports that a C-17 carrying Air Force Capt. Reid Nishizuka's casket arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Thursday. Military officials had put out the word for servicemen and women to be present for his return, and they showed up by the hundreds.

Nishizuka, who was from Kailua, was the pilot of the Air Force MC-12 Liberty aircraft that crashed April 27 near Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan, killing him and three other airmen.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Central Union Church. Burial is scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

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