Northern Virginia Soldier Killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

A soldier from northern Virginia has been killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan. According to the Associated Press, the Pentagon says that 51-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 5 John C. Pratt of Springfield was one of two soldiers who died Saturday in Kabul from injuries sustained in the crash.

Also killed was 26-year-old Capt. John “Jay” Brainard II, of Newport, Maine, who was a helicopter pilot.

Officials said the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter crashed while on patrol. Authorities were investigating the cause of the crash, but initial reports indicated there was no enemy activity in the area at the time the helicopter went down.

The soldiers were assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade in Ansbach-Katterbach, Germany.