HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Army National Guard soldier from Hawaii was killed after the plane he was in crashed in eastern Afghanistan.
An MC-12 reconnaissance airplane crashed on January 10, killing Sgt. Drew M. Scobie, according to a spokesperson for the Hawaii National Guard.
Scobie and two others were on their way back from a nighttime mission when the crash occurred, killing all three. The military says there is no indication that the plane crashed as a result of enemy action. The cause is under investigation, and details will be released by the Department of Defense at a later time.
Scobie, 25, was born and raised in Kailua and joined the Hawaii Army National Guard in 2009. He was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2013 as a Fire Direction Operator. He flew on the MC-12 with a primary mission to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to ground troops.
According to Scobie's Facebook page, he also worked at Straub Clinic & Hospital on Oahu. A number of his family and friends have posted condolences on his page.
Sgt. Scobie leaves behind a wife, who is expecting, and a child.
The Scobie family released the following statement:
"We continue to celebrate the life of Drew Scobie, loving father, husband, son, grandson, brother, friend and hero. Drew loved his family deeply, proudly and heroically carried the Aloha spirit wherever he went to defend our country.
Drew's zest for life was contagious and always made his family proud. He will remain an example for his son Duke, his unborn baby, his entire family and the many who were touched by his upbeat and positive attitude for everything he did.
Drew will always be in our hearts and his spirit will live on and become part of the essence of our islands just like the breeze on the ocean. Love knows no distance and Drew is here and will always remain in our hearts. Gifts to support the Scobie children can be made at any branch of Bank of Hawaii."