BREAKING NEWS: Sonny Hinchman killed in Iraq
Flags in Worthington were lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of a hometown hero who has been killed in Iraq.
The Greene County Daily World has received confirmation that William F. "Sonny" Hinchman was killed when a helicopter went down near Baghdad.
Details are still sketchy but according to early news reports, the helicopter crash is under investigation. Two crew members were killed and two others were injured when the chopper crashed on the Butler Range Complex, a U.S. military training ground just east of Baghdad.
CW5 Ret. Hinchman is believed to have recently completed his second tour of duty in Iraq. He was a helicopter pilot.
Reports indicate that at the time of the crash, Hinchman was working for a private security firm/contractor called Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater.
According to an online blog written by a soldier and friend of Hinchman's, it is not yet known whether there was any hostile fire in the area at the time of the crash.
In the soldier's blog post, he said he had found out Hinchman was one of the pilots and he wrote, "Sonny ... was a legend ... and incredible pilot, a ball to be around, and a true patriot."
Hinchman was a graduate of Worthington-Jefferson High School.
The tragedy of Hinchman's loss comes to a family that has already been hit hard by the loss of another family member in Iraq. Hinchman's niece was married to Staff Sgt. Matthew Alan "Matt" Kimmell who was killed at the age of 30 on Oct. 11, 2005, while serving in Iraq.
This story will be updated when more details are released to the media.