Sunday, September 25, 2005

"No survivors in Afghan helicopter crash"

KABUL, Afghanistan :A U.S. Chinook helicopter crashed Sunday in Afghanistan, killing all on board, the U.S. military said. It did not appear to have been shot down.
It was not immediately known how many people were on the aircraft when it crashed.
The CH-47 chopper was supporting military operations when it went down near Daychopan district in southern Zabul province, a military statement said.
"There is no indication at this time that this is a result of hostile fire," U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara told The Associated Press. "There are no survivors."
U.S. military ground forces reached the crash scene and were providing security for recovery operations.There have been a string of helicopter crashes in Afghanistan this year, including two U.S. military Chinooks.In late June, suspected insurgents shot down a U.S. Chinook in volatile eastern Kunar province near the border with Pakistan. All 16 U.S. forces on board were killed.In April, 15 U.S. service members and three American civilians were killed when their Chinook went down in a sandstorm while returning to the main U.S. base at Bagram.


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