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Michael Clawson, Contractor, Pilot, killed in AAR Helicopter Crash Afghanistan

Helicopter crash in Afghanistan claims life of area man

January 18, 2012

A Clay County helicopter pilot was killed this week in a crash in Afghanistan.

Michael Clawson, who worked for AAR Airlift of Chicago, was in Afghanistan doing work for the U.S. Defense Department.

Clawson leaves a wife and five children, said Father John Bamman, OFM Conv., of St. Joseph’s University Parish, where Clawson and his family attended worship services in Terre Haute.

The crash happened in southern Afghanistan on Monday morning. Two other people were killed, all employees of AAR Airlift, which is a unit of Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR Corp.

NATO forces reportedly have secured the area of the crash and were attempting to determine what happened, according to news reports.

Funeral arrangements are pending this morning

January 18, 2012 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Department of Defense | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. What are the names of the other two contractors killed in Afghanistan on Monday.

    Comment by Carol Schneider | January 18, 2012 | Reply

    • We’re watching for them and will post asap

      Comment by defensebaseactcomp | January 18, 2012 | Reply

  2. Is there any word on the name of the third civilian contractor killed in Afghanistan on Monday?

    Comment by C. Schneider | January 20, 2012 | Reply

    • Still awaiting a report from the family. They do not always surface.
      Contractor Casualties are the best kept secret of the wars.

      Comment by defensebaseactcomp | January 20, 2012 | Reply

      • Thank you for your help. I don’t know why it is hard to find out this information. These are Americans and a lot of them are veterans. If you hear anything, please let me know.

        Comment by C. Schneider | January 20, 2012

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