US Service Member Dies After Afghanistan Helicopter Crash, Six Others Injured

Erika Holt
October 29, 2017

Six other USA crew members were injured in the accident late Friday in Logar province, south of Kabul, NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.

The organization said in an October 28 statement that six other USA crew members were injured in the crash late on October 27 and were all receiving medical treatment.

A USA soldier died after the helicopter they were in crashed in Afghanistan, foreign forces said Saturday, denying Taliban claims that it had shot down the aircraft.

Logar's provincial governor, Salim Saleh, told AP that the helicopter had attempted an emergency landing shortly after take-off, but crashed into a tree in the process.

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According to the statement, the crash did not occur because of enemy action.

"We have full accountability of all personnel and the crash site has been secured", the statement adds. According to iCasualties, a website that keeps track of U.S. war casualties, the latest crash claimed the 12th United States service member in Afghanistan this year. More than 2,300 have been killed since the war began 16 years ago.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our comrade", Gen. John Nicholson said.

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