Pilot killed in Georgia crash had served in Alaska

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of the pilots killed in a crash in Georgia earlier this month had earlier served in Alaska.

Chief Warrant Officer Erik Larson, who'd been a full-time commercial airline pilot and a traditional Guard soldier, became a Warrant Officer while a member of the Alaska Army Guard, the Army said. He also worked with troubled youth as a counselor with the Alaska National Guard's Military Youth Academy before moving with his wife to Florida in 1997.

Larson, who had 18 years in the military, had been flying for the Florida Army National Guard for more than two years when the crash occurred.

Larson, 34, was one of three aviators with the Florida Army National Guard who were killed in the crash March 3 when their C-23 Sherpa cargo plane crashed in a field in Unadilla, Ga., during a thunderstorm.

Also killed were 18 members of the Virginia National Guard.

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