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San Diego soldier killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

April 24, 2012 |  1:39 pm

Chief Warrant Officer Nicholas Johnson

A soldier from San Diego was among four killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

Chief Warrant Officer Nicholas Johnson, 27, a pilot, died in the April 19 crash. He is married with one child.

Also killed were Chief Warrant Officer Don Viray, 25, of Waipahu, Hawaii; Sgt. Chris Workman, 33, of Boise, Idaho; and Sgt. Dean Shaffer, 23, of Pekin, Ill.

The four were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

The helicopter crashed in bad weather during a night flight in southwestern Afghanistan.

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Photo: Chief Warrant Officer Nicholas Johnson. Credit: U.S. Army

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