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Published: Saturday, 6/9/2012

Plane crash in Africa claims missionary couple


SPOKANE, Wash. -- Jay and Katrina Erickson, a Spokane couple doing missionary work in Africa, were killed in a plane crash recently in Zambia. They had been in Zambia since February, working at a hospital on the Zambezi River about 400 miles upstream from Victoria Falls.

The Chitokoloki Mission Hospital said Mr. Erickson was flying a six-seat Cessna June 2 with his wife on board after transporting a nurse. The plane hit an electrical pole and crashed into the Zambezi River near the town of Zambezi.

The couple had two daughters, ages 2 and 1.

The Spokesman-Review reported the Ericksons will be buried at the mission.

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