Details released into Nevada guardsmen killed in plane crash

Jennifer Kastner

Details released into Nevada guardsmen killed in plane crash

CREATED Jun. 25, 2013

Boulder City, NV (KTNV) -- The second victim in Sunday's plane crash near Boulder City has been identified.

41-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Edwards IV died in the crash, along with 23-year-old Pfc. Cody Allen Hall.

Both men lived in North Las Vegas and were soldiers for the Nevada Army National Guard.

The crash happened on Sunday, about one mile east of the Boulder City Airport. The aircraft was a single-engine plane.

Sgt. Edwards repaired helicopters and had 11 years of service with the military. He was a mentor for Pfc. Hall, who was an aircraft electrician and had just finished his first year of military service.

The Nevada Army National Guard said the two men were on civilian status when the crash occurred. They were not in a military aircraft.

"I knew Sgt. Edwards very well and it affects me deeply. We all think about it and it's a terrible loss. It impacts us deeply because the guard is a family. We consider all of our fellow soldiers to be family members," said Lt. Kris Kirkland.

Both men had received awards and decorations.

Among several accomplishments, Sgt. Edwards served a five-month deployment in Bosnia. He was awarded 12 medals, including a War on Terrorism service medal.

Pfc. Hall received two medals, including a National Defense service medal.

The plane that crashed was owned by a Henderson-based company called Jet Test & Transport.

The FAA and NTSB are both investigating the crash.