Kiowa pilot dies after crash-landing in Afghanistan

An OH-58D Kiowa pilot has died after his helicopter crashed Saturday in Afghanistan. The pilot was assigned to the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Terry L. Varnadore II ,29 of Arden, N.C., was co-piloting an OH-58D Kiowa reconnaissance helicopter during the crash. The Kiowa is a dual-role helicopter operated by the US Army. This versatile airframe acts as both a scout helicopter and full-blown attack helicopter. In most cases the Kiowa will be deployed in concert with other assets such as the AH64A/D Apache gunship.

Varnadore was deployed to Iraq in 2009 and to Afghanistan in October and had earned the NATO Medal, the Army Aviator Badge and the Combat Action Badgeanmd has been a six-year veteran of the Army had been at Fort Drum since 2007.

The real cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Source: Watertown Daily Times
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