A washington state man who joined the Army right out of high school is presumed dead after a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, his stepfather...
CHENEY — A Washington state man who joined the Army right out of high school is presumed dead after a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, his stepfather said.
Clint Prather, 32, was a Chinook helicopter pilot and may have been flying the craft when it went down Wednesday, said Prather’s stepfather, David Hackwith. All 18 people aboard — 15 military personnel and three contractors — were killed.
Prather, a chief warrant officer, had served a year in Iraq and went to Afghanistan in February. He joined the Army in 1992 and planned to make the military a career.
The CH-47 Chinook went down during a sandstorm near Ghazni, 80 miles south of the capital, Kabul. Thirteen U.S. service members and three civilian contractors were previously confirmed dead. Prather and another person were initially listed as missing, but two additional sets of remains were found Friday, said Lt. Cindy Moore, a military spokeswoman. The remains will be taken to the U.S. air base in Dover, Del., for identification.
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Prather was stationed in Germany with his wife, Irene, and two children.
The transport helicopter crashed while returning to Bagram from a supply mission in the south. Officials reported no sign of enemy fire and suggested that bad visibility and strong winds may have been factors.