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Afghan helicopter crash kills 17 Spanish troops (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Aug, 16 2005 @ 06:08 AM
Spanish officials confirmed first troop fatalities in Afghanistan, when a Puma Helicopter Crash killed 17 Spanish Troops in Afganistan.
Seventeen Spanish soldiers serving with Nato forces have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Spanish military sources say.

The Puma helicopter came down near the city of Herat, in western Afghanistan.

Security officials in Afghanistan said two Pumas had collided about 10km (six miles) south of Herat and five people were still missing.

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The Cause of the Crash is not Known yet, but the early reports say its an Accident, since no enemy fire was reported.

Rescue teams have been sent to the Location of the Crash.

Spain was sending an extra 500 troops to Afganistan, adding to 500 troops already stationed there to boost security ahead of September Elections.

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[edit on 16/8/05 by Souljah]

posted on Aug, 16 2005 @ 07:56 AM
I do hope that all survive.
been listening to the news reports on it. Nothing new though other than what the author has posted.

posted on Aug, 16 2005 @ 08:08 AM
According to CNN, there was no indication that the helicopter was brought down by hostile fire, a major concern since fighting between U.S. and Afghan forces and Taliban militants has been raging during the runup to the Sept, 18 Afghan parliamentary elections.

About the Second Chooper:

A second helicopter, flying near the one that crashed, made an emergency landing and there were injuries on that craft, Spanish Defense Ministry spokesmen told CNN partner station CNN+.

BBC, says the same, about the Reason of this Crash:

We think it was an accident. We think it crashed into the ground after a mechanical failure, but we are not sure and we are investigating,"

posted on Aug, 16 2005 @ 10:21 AM
A senior Taliban commander, Mullah Dadullah, said guerrillas had shot down the chopper but he had no proof.

Reuters Reports...

[edit on 16/8/05 by Souljah]

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