Marine helicopter crashes in Afghanistan killing six US personnel
The commander of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 confirmed on the unit’s Facebook page that all six Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan were from the Kaneohe-based unit.
Sources in Afghanistan and Washington tell CBS News it was a U.S. Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter that crashed
Six US service personnel have been killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, US officials said Thursday, indicating the incident was not believed to be the result of enemy fire.
The helicopter went down in volatile Helmand province, one official who asked not to be named told AFP. One official confirmed that the dead were members of the US military.
“Initial indications are that this was not hostile fire,” an official said.
In a brief statement, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said the cause of the crash was “under investigation.”
“However, initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash,” it said.
Earlier this week, three people died when a civilian helicopter contracted to ISAF crashed in flames in Helmand, officials said.
KABUL (BNO NEWS) — Six coalition service members were killed on late Thursday evening when a NATO helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said. It said there were no reports of enemy activity in the area.
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DEVELOPING:US military sources tell Fox News that a Marine CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday.
Sources say there were casualties as a result, however, the military is still gathering details about the incident.
According to one source, the accident is so recent that the crash site has yet to be secured.
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