A FORMER pupil of Highdown School in Emmer Green was among the victims of a helicopter
A FORMER pupil of Highdown School in Emmer Green was among the victims of a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
Gordon Emin, 45, was a security officer and logistical administrator with the Geos Group, a French company.
As a boy, he lived with his family in Highdown Hill Road, Emmer Green, and his father was chef at the French Horn restaurant in Sonning. He and his three siblings attended Highdown.
He served in the French Foreign Legion for more than 15 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant. He then worked in the Middle East in the security industry and since February 2013 had worked for the Geos Group in Afghanistan.
Mr Emin was one five people who died in the crash in Kabul on October 11.
The Puma Mk 2 crashed as it was landing at Nato’s Resolute Support mission headquarters, injuring five others on board.
The other victims included two personnel at RAF Benson.
Fl Lt Alan Scott, 32, of Baker Avenue, Benson, served with 33 Squadron, and Geraint “Roly” Roberts, 44, from Reading, was with 230 Squadron.
On Tuesday, an inquest into the servicemen’ s deaths was opened and adjourned indefinitely at Oxford Coroners’ Court.
The pair belonged to the Puma helicopter force and were described as “exceptional men” by their station commander, Gp Capt Simon Paterson.
The Ministry of Defence, which is investigating, said the crash was an accident and not the result of “insurgent activity”.