Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor Colo. Air Force pilot killed in Middle East

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Air Force Captain William DuBois with his wife Ashley.

Air Force Captain William DuBois with his wife Ashley.

DENVER — Flags should be lowered to half-staff, beginning Thursday, for four days to honor Air Force Captain William DuBois of Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper has ordered.

DuBois, from New Castle, died on Nov. 30 when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed while returning to its base in the Middle East.

He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base and was deployed to the Middle East. In October, the Air Force said F-16s left Shaw to join in airstrikes in Iraq and Syria under Operation Inherent Resolve.

A Pentagon spokesman told The Associated Press that the jet had a maintenance problem after takeoff and returned to the base but crashed before it landed.

DuBois’ family plans to hold a service in Rifle on Dec. 14.

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