US Army released the names of 5 soldiers killed in Kandahar helicopter crash

Posted: March 17, 2013 in Daily incidents

By Mustafa Kazemi

Kabul – The United States Army on Sunday released the names of the 5 soldiers who died in a helicopter crash incident last Monday (March 11) in southern Kandahar province.

The soldiers were onboard a UH-60 utility-purpose helicopter of the US Army that crashed due to stormy & rainy weather condition.

Kandahar Governor’s Spokesperson further specified that the helo crashed in Daman district of Kandahar province.

The helicopter and its crew were assigned to 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. 

Both local government officials and US Army officials in Kabul & in the US confirmed that there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.

The soldiers are named as follows:

  1. Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass, 27, of Estherville, Iowa.  4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. 
  2. Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson, 27, of Franklin, Louisiana.  4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. 
  3. Capt. Sara M. Knutson, 27, of Eldersburg, Maryland. She was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.
  4. Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, of Naples, Florida.  He was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. 
  5. Spc. Zachary L. Shannon, 21, of Dunedin, Florida.  4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. 

On Saturday March 16th, another helicopter belonging to the US Army went down in the same area due to bad weather conditions.

The crashed helicopter was a scout OH-58 Kiowa helicopter used for scouting, reconnaissance, and intelligence gathering purposes.

One of the pilots of the Kiowa was killed in the incident. There was no enemy activity reported at the time & site of the crash.

The ISAF Joint Command confirmed the helicopter crash incident – avoiding providing further information, citing the fact that the “next to kin” of the dead were not notified yet.

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