Helicopter crashes in Afghanistan

Helicopter crashes in Afghanistan

A Chinook military helicopter has crashed in southern Afghanistan, Nato has said.
There was no word on casualties, "but there were people on board when it went down", an International Security Assistance Force official said.

There are also reports that the Taleban are claiming they have shot down a helicopter in the region.

"There are few details. It's a Chinook and it was in the south," a Nato spokesman told Reuters.

Its been a horrible couple of days hope everyone is safe. :(
American or UK.... Thoughts still with Crew and Passengers... Fingers crossed for as good an outcome as possible
International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan
NEWS RELEASE [2007-410: For Immediate Release]

7 ISAF soldiers dead after helicopter goes down

KABUL, Afghanistan (May 31) – Seven ISAF soldiers are known dead after a Chinook helicopter flying an ISAF mission went down in Helmand province near Kajaki just after 9 p.m. May 30.

The entire crew of five died in the incident; there were also two military passengers who died. One Afghan civilian was injured by small arms fire after the crash.

Responding to the scene of the crash, a unit was ambushed by enemy fighters.

Under continued fire, the responding patrol called for an airstrike to eliminate the enemy threat.

The injured civilian is being treated at an ISAF medical facility.

In accordance with NATO policy, ISAF does not release casualties’ nationality prior to the relevant national authority doing so.

The cause of the crash is being determined by military officials.
As some who lost two friends in the lynx crash last year and has a lot of colleagues working on chinnooks on Herrick, this has brought it back how vunerable they can be.

RIP fella's, sincere condolences to friends and families of the guys.
RIP and condolences to family and comrades.

Safe home to the injured and QRF

Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

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