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From what I was told from various places, something happened near the tail of the aircraft, an explosion or something happened damaging the tail rotor. The aircraft hit the ground hard, but there was a second aircraft overhead at the time, and no reports of a post crash attack.
These people had no honour or dignity,
To those that say 'oh they should be honoured, damn them political leaders for sending them!' you are doing a diservice to the human race.
Now this, claiming mechanical failure when it wasn't.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — An Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shuttling U.S. Marines crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday afternoon, killing one crewmember and injuring 14 troops.
The crash was not a result of hostile fire, said Lt. Col. Susan Meisner, an Army spokeswoman in Kabul. The transportation helicopter was destroyed.
Initial military reports indicated that the dead servicemember was a Marine. Meisner, however, confirmed that the fatality was a soldier, one of the four crewmembers aboard the Black Hawk.
The accident occurred in Khost province at about 2:45 p.m. along Afghanistan’s mountainous frontier with Pakistan, said Meisner. She said the aircraft was on a routine mission and not involved in combat operations.
Fully loaded, Black Hawks carry a crew of four and 11 passengers.
Meisner said the cause of the accident was under investigation.
This is the fourth fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan since the U.S. invasion almost three years ago. All of the crashes have been accidents.
If an Republican wins in 2016 expect our forces to stay till forever.
ISAF spokesperson confirmed that a Blackhawk helicopter crash in mid-December that killed six soldiers was the result of “enemy action.”
The spokesperson said that the families of the six soldiers were notified Thursday that “enemy action caused the crash and loss of life.”
At the time of the crash, on December 17, defense officials said there had been no indications that enemy fire had brought down the helicopter.
The investigation into the crash continues, so no other details were provided.
A defense official would not go into what kind of “enemy action” brought down the helicopter, but said the investigation had determined there was no firefight on the ground after the crash.