Wed, Apr 06, 2005
Details Still Coming To Light
REAL TIME UPDATE 0945 EDT: The death toll has
climbed to nine in the crash of an American military transport
helicopter in southeastern Afghanistan.
US military officials in Kabul said the CH47 Chinook helicopter
was flying about 80 miles southeast of the capital, near the town
of Ghazni, when it was apparently forced down by bad weather.
"We were first to arrive at the scene," Ghazni Provincial
Governor Assadullah Khalid told Reuters. He said the
helicopter crashed during a heavy dust storm. "We recovered two
American soldiers' bodies and now American forces are in control of
the situation. The chopper was burning when we were there."
"Initial report indicates that bad weather caused the crash and
initial report also indicates that there are no survivors,"said
Army Lieutenant Cindy Moore.
REAL TIME UPDATE 0802 EDT: American officials in
Kabul, Afghanistan, say a US military transport helicopter -- type
unknown -- has crashed in the southeastern part of that mountainous
At least five people are reported to have been lost in the
mishap. So far, the military hasn't provided any details. There
have been several military helicopter mishaps in Afghanistan. Some
have been attributed to combat. Others have been ruled accidents
where fierce weather and treacherous terrain have been factors.
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