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Contractors Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

On Saturday, a helicopter operated by U.S. military contractors crashed in the mountains of Zabul province, killing all four Tajik crew members. The contractors, Supreme Group, said the helicopter was carrying cargo used for its contracts to supply food and water to U.S. forces.

The helicopter was operated by a company called Central Asian Aviation Services, Supreme said.

Four Tajiks killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

Kabul – A helicopter used by a civilian company contracted to NATO crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing all four Tajik crew members, officials said Sunday.

The crash was due to a technical malfunction, said Mohammad Jan Rasolyar, the deputy governor of Zabul province, where the crash took place.

But the Taliban in an online statement claimed its fighters had shot down the helicopter.

The Russian-made EY-106 helicopter belonged to the global logistic company Supreme Group, which provides services for the international troops stationed in the war torn country.

The company in a statement said that four crew members of the helicopter who were killed in the Saturday crash were Tajik nationals.

The helicopter was transporting food and water, it said.

‘Investigations as to the cause of the crash are ongoing but no other parties appear to have been involved in the incident,’ the company said

February 12, 2012 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Department of Defense | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. As a contractor Mi-17 driver myself, this is a case of the Prime, subbing out to poor little undertrained sub contractors out doing the hard job for peanuts…its the glue that holds the Aviation contracting game together. Avoidable.

    Comment by Jim "Big Sky" Calhoun | February 12, 2012 | Reply


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