Army pilot in Afghanistan helicopter crash from La

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Associated Press

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 17 at 9:06 PM

The Army says a helicopter pilot from Franklin, La., was among five people killed in a crash last week in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Twenty-seven-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson was on his second deployment. His awards included the Air Medal. He joined the Army in May 2007.

The Army says the crew from the 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, was flying a routine training mission using night-vision goggles a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The cause of Monday's crash was still being investigated.

Also killed were Capt. Sara M. Knutson of Eldersburg, Md., Staff Sgts. Steven P. Blass of Estherville, Iowa and Marc A. Scialdo of Naples, Fla., and Spc. Zachary L. Shannon of Dunedin, Fla.

A memorial ceremony is planned at Fort Stewart in April.

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