N.C. Native Dies In helicopter Crash In Afghanistan

A standout high school athlete from Transylvania County was among the five 82nd Airborne Division soldiers killed in a helicopter crash this past week in Afghanistan.

The father of Staff Sergeant Charlie Bagwell says his son was killed when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed on Wednesday.

Lane Bagwell tells the Asheville Citizen-Times that you know the risks when the soldiers go, but "you just think it isn't going to happen to you or yours."

Charlie Bagwell served in Iraq in 2005 and had been in Afghanistan since later that year. He was a mechanic and crew chief assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-82, which is built around the 82nd's 4th Brigade Combat Team.

He played junior varsity basketball and varsity football at Rosman High School, where he graduated in 1997. Bagwell is also survived by an 8-year-old son; his mother, Judith; and sister, Sarah.