Helicopter crash in Afghanistan leaves 1 soldier dead, 6 injured

Jacob Sims

Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims (Photo: U.S. Army)

A 36-year-old U.S. soldier died after an accidental helicopter crash in Logar Province, Afghanistan, Friday evening.

Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims, a Blackhawk pilot, died from his injuries while six fellow crew members suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Sims, who was born in Oklahoma but lived in Juneau, Alaska, prior to his last deployment, served multiple tours during his time in the military, including tours in Kosovo, as well as Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

“Jacob lived by a creed that few understand and even fewer embody,” said Col. Philip Ryan, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment in a statement, according to ABC News. “He will not be forgotten and his legacy will endure through his family, friends, and fellow Nightstalkers.”

[ Department of Defense ]