Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

USA service member dies in Afghanistan helicopter crash

USA service member dies in Afghanistan helicopter crash

The Army warrant officer who died after a helicopter crashed in Afghanistan was a decorated veteran of numerous military tours who was born in Oklahoma and was now living in Alaska, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Sims, of Juneau, Alaska, was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, the department's statement said.

Six other USA crew members were injured in the accident late Friday in Logar province, south of Kabul, NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.

A USA service member was killed and six crew members were injured when a helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, CNN reported Saturday.

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The statement said the crash was not a result of enemy action and its circumstances are being investigated.

Sims, who was born in Oklahoma and enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 12, 1999, served in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our comrade", General John Nicholson, commander, Resolute Support, said in the statement, without identifying the victim.

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