4/25 soldier dies on Anchorage-bound flight
An Anchorage-based soldier died last week on a civilian flight from Hawaii to Alaska according to Army officials, who say his cause of death hasn’t been determined.
Chadrick Demond George, a warrant officer 1st class from Clarkston, Ga., was assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division according to U.S. Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell. He was 37 years old.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with George’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Pennell wrote.
Pennell said Monday that George had been traveling on an Oct. 10 Alaska Airlines flight.
“At this point we know that during the flight he was apparently found non-responsive and was, on landing in Anchorage, declared dead and taken over to the (state) medical examiner for an autopsy to discover the cause,” Pennell said.
Alaska Airlines officials declined to identify the flight on which George had died or discuss crew members' response when he was found unresponsive, as "a matter of policy."
George, a maintenance officer, had been in the Army since 2003 and seen service in Korea and Germany as well as at Fort Bragg, N.C. His Alaska duty began in July 2015.
George’s next of kin have been notified.