Another Air Force Academy Grad Killed

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The Air Force Academy tells 11 News the Air Force pilot killed Thursday in a jet trainer crash in California was an AFA graduate.

Captain Mark Graziano graduated from the academy in 2000.

The 30-year-old died May 21 when his jet trainer crashed north of Edwards Air Force Base. He was flying a T-38A Talon.

Captain Graziano was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, where he was training to become a test pilot.

His crew member, Major Lee V. Jones, was injured after ejecting from the aircraft. He is listed in stable condition.

"We are shocked and saddened by this sudden loss and our hearts and prayers go out to Mark's family and loved ones," said Colonel Terry M. Luallen, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School commandant. "We are doing all we can to support Mark's family during this trying time."

A board of officers is investigating the accident.

This news comes just after the death of another former cadet.

First Lieutenant Roslyn Schulte was killed Wednesday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. She was a 2006 graduate.

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