May 4, 2013 10:32 PM
ANNAVILLE - Two Americans are dead after a plane crash in Krgyzstan including one who has ties to the Coastal Bend. Their plane crashed yesterday afternoon about a hundred miles from the air base in Kyrgyzstan. Rescue crews are still scouring the wreckage in hopes of finding the missing crew member.
Back here at home, an Annaville family is reeling with the news that their loved one was on board that plane. Pictures and memories are all that Mary Davis has left of her son-in-law.
"Herman Mackey III, but he never liked Herman, he always went by trey," said his mother-in-law, Mary Davis.
Davis says the most important thing in his life was his service until he met his wife Megan.
"That changed him totally," Davis said. "He really turned, he's still air force, that's still has family too, but he turned more of a family man."
Mackey was a tech sergeant in the air force. He was flying in the back of the plane when it exploded Friday in Afghanistan. The family wasn't sure what happened to him until this morning when Davis got the call from her daughter.
"She said, 'mom it's the negative. It's the negative now I've got to deal with,'" Davis said.
As the family mourns the hardest part is what to tell his two-year-old daughter Payton.
"Everyday she goes to daycare and every time she comes home, all she wants to do is get online and talk to him, she wants to see her daddy," Davis said. "The little girl's always, Payton, was always up in his lap, in his face, you know?"
It was Mackey's second deployment to Afghanistan; he wasn't supposed to go until later this month. This deployment was to be his last. He was going to start a new business, a new life with his wife and daughter in Washington.
"He had many many plans for the future," she said. "He was a good person, a good family man, he was family oriented."
No information about the cause of the crash has been released.