A North Carolina native is one of 14 soldiers killed this week when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Northern Iraq.
Twenty-eight-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Paul J. Flynn was a native of Gibsonville, just west of Burlington.
Mayor Lenny Williams says Gibsonville is devastated. Williams says the city's flag has been lowered to half staff.
Flynn's father, Deleno, says his son had been in the Army ten years and was on his first tour in Iraq.
The military says Flynn was a Black Hawk pilot who completed flight training in 2003. The Pentagon says it appears the aircraft was lost because of mechanical problems.
Flynn and three others who died in the crash were assigned to the 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington. The rest were based in Hawaii.
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