Soldier Killed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Army pilot who grew up in central Indiana and trained at Fort Rucker was killed when his helicopter crashed Friday during a combat mission in northern Iraq.

Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hazelgrove, a pilot assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, died when his Kiowa Warrior helicopter crashed near Mosul in northern Iraq.

Hazelgrove joined the Army in 1994 and had been in Iraq since November.

Survivors include his wife, Kimmi, and four children, Taylor, 11, Zachary, ten, Brandon, three, and Katelyn, seven months. The military reported his residence as Fort Rucker.

Officials at Fort Rucker had no additional information today.

The military said Hazelgrove and the other pilot -- 29-year-old Michael Blaise of Macon, Missouri, died soon after takeoff.

The Army said the initial report from an accompanying helicopter did not mention any hostile activity.


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