BOULDER CITY —
Nevada Army National Guard Soldiers Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Edwards IV, 41, and Pfc. Cody Allen Hall, 23, were the victims in an apparent aircraft accident involving a Beechcraft T-34 near Boulder City on Sunday.
Friends of the pilot who crashed near Boulder City over the weekend say Edwards lived to fly. Edwards and his passenger Hall, died after he reported engine trouble on his way back to North Las Vegas. News 3's Sergio Avila spoke to one of Edwards' close friends.
Both soldiers were assigned to Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 3/140th Security and Support unit based at the North Las Vegas Airport.Neither soldier was in a military status on Sunday. The aircraft involved was not a military aircraft, nor was it on a military mission. Both soldiers were traditional Guardsmen who were in civilian status on Sunday.
Edwards, a Las Vegas resident, had recorded 11 years of military service. His military occupation was a helicopter repairer.
Hall, a North Las Vegas resident, had just completed his first year of military service. His military occupation was an aircraft electrician.
Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Bill Burks said: “Today is a very somber day for the Nevada National Guard with the loss of two Army Soldiers who had served the nation and state with exemplary military service. With Nevada Guard units deployed around the world in combat, we remain mindful of the potential for casualties; to suffer two casualties in an accident right here in Nevada is especially shocking and tragic for our organization.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Sgt. 1st Class Edwards and Pfc. Hall today. Our Nevada citizens, and especially our Nevada soldiers, are our most precious commodity and this is a huge loss for our state and our National Guard.”Governor Brian Sandoval today made the following statement after learning that the two victims of the plane crash in Boulder City on Sunday were members of the Nevada National Guard:
“I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Nevada Army National Guard Soldiers Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Edwards IV and Pfc. Cody Allen Hall in what appears to be an airplane crash in Boulder City on Sunday. Though Sgt. Edwards and Pfc. Hall were flying in a civilian capacity, they are both members of our greater Nevada family. Kathleen and I, along with the entire Nevada National Guard, extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Edwards and Pfc. Hall. Each man stepped forward to serve his state and our country and their loss will be felt throughout Nevada.”