Helicopter pilot from S. Ind. killed in Iraq crash

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A pilot from southern Indiana died in a helicopter crash in Iraq while working for a contractor just months after his brother says he retired from the Army.

William F. "Sonny" Hinchman completed two tours in Iraq with the Army, but was killed Friday in the crash near Baghdad. Kirk Hinchman says his 42-year-old brother enlisted after graduating from Greene County's Worthington-Jefferson High School in 1984.

Hinchman left the Army in March and lived in Copperas Cove, Texas.

Kirk Hinchman told the Greene County Daily World that relatives asked his brother why he was returning to Iraq but that he believed his work there protecting diplomats would help stabilize the country.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment from North Carolina-based XE, formerly known as Blackwater, about Hinchman's death.

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