MN Native Killed in Helecopter Crash 15 Dec 11

A family member says a Twin Cities native was among four Army aviators killed when two helicopters crashed during training at a Washington state base.

An official at Joint Base Lewis-McChord says Chief Warrant Officer Lucas Daniel Sigfrid was a native of Alabama. But the Star Tribune reports Sigfrid went to high school and college in Minnesota.

His cousin, Mark Duclos, tells the Star Tribune that Sigfrid graduated from Champlin Park High School, in a suburb of Minneapolis, and attended St. Cloud State University for pilot training before joining the Army.

Sigfrid had been on active duty since May 2008. The 32-year-old had not deployed overseas.

Army officials say the airmen were on a routine night training flight when the helicopters went down. The investigation could take as long as a year.