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Soldier from Army’s Golden Knights parachute team killed in plane crash

A member of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team was one of four people killed Saturday in a small plane crash in Swainsboro, Georgia, officials said.

Staff Sgt. Aliaksandr “Alex” Bahrytsevich, 31, most recently served as a demonstrator on the Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team, the team announced on its Facebook page.

“Alex was extremely passionate about the sport of skydiving and always sought opportunities to coach and mentor other members of the team,” the Golden Knights said in the Facebook post. “Originally from Belarus, Alex served the U.S. Army with distinction and pride.”

In all, four people were killed and another was seriously injured when the small plane crashed after takeoff at the East Georgia Regional Airport, the Associated Press reported.

Bahrytsevich was off duty at the time of the crash.

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the US Army Parachute Team announces the recent death of SSG Aliaksandr...

Posted by US Army Golden Knights on Sunday, August 26, 2018

The names of the others killed in the crash have not been released.

Officials said the plane was owned by The Jumping Place Skydiving Center in Georgia, according to AP.

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