Sun, Feb 18, 2007
Eight Personnel Lost, 14 Injured In Mishap
US officials tell ANN eight coalition personnel were killed, and
14 others were wounded early Sunday when a coalition CH-47 Chinook
helicopter had a sudden, unexplained loss of power and control and
crashed in eastern Afghanistan.
A search-and-rescue operation was launched immediately to secure
the site, recover the passengers and transport wounded personnel to
coalition medical facilities for treatment.
The helicopter (file photo of type, below) was transporting
a total of 22 people, including aircrew, at the time of the
"The loss of these servicemembers is felt by all of us here in
Afghanistan, and we offer our deepest sympathy to the families of
those who were killed," said Lt. Col. David Accetta, coalition
Recent reporting indicated a Taliban build up for operations
against the coalition forces in the region. The Associated Press
reports the helo came down in the Shahjoi district of Zabul
"It was not enemy fire related," said Col. Tom Collins,
spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force. "The
pilot was able to radio in that he was having engine problems.
We're confident it was not due to enemy action."
The names of those involved in the incident are being withheld
pending notification of next of kin. The specific location and
details of the incident will not be released until the completion
of recovery operations.
An investigation will be conducted to verify the cause of the
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