Thomasville man dies in Afghanistan helicopter crash

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Family members say a 30-year-old Navy man was among those killed in the crash of a military helicopter in southern Afghanistan. A military chaplain informed the family of the death on Tuesday.

Kelly Lockman said Wednesday that her brother, David Blake McLendon, was one of the servicemen killed in the crash Tuesday morning in the Daychopan district of Zabul province.

The U.S. military has not disclosed the helicopter's mission, and the cause of the crash is not clear.

Lockman said her brother, a 1998 graduate of Thomas County Central High School, was a senior chief in Naval Special Warfare, stationed in Little Creek, Va. She says he trained with a Navy SEAL team but was not serving as a SEAL.