Helicopter crash in Iraq kills soldier

Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska-based soldier from Louisiana died of injuries sustained in a helicopter crash in Iraq.

KTUU-TV says 20-year-old Spc. Michael S. Cote worked on UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, and he was in one that went down Saturday in Balad.

Army officials say Cote, of Denham Springs, La., was based at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks.

Officials say next of kin has been notified and the crash is under investigation.

Cote joined the Army and moved to Alaska in March 2008. He was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force 49.

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