CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- Two Tennessee Army National Guard pilots were killed Sunday in a helicopter accident in Iraq.
Captain Marcus Ray Alford, of Knoxville, was one of the two pilots killed. Alford has family in Dalton, GA.
Alford and Chief Warrant Officer Two Billie Jean Grinder, of Gallatin, were killed when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior made a "hard landing" near Qayyarah Airfield West (Q-West) about 30 miles south of Mosul in Northern Iraq.
No enemy forces were present, and no hostile fire was reported.
The soldiers were assigned to Troop C, 1/230th Air Cavalry in Louisville, Tennessee.
They were part of Task Force Marne, a unit responsible for U.S. Operation in Northern Iraq.