Afghanistan copter crash kills 6 Marines

Jan 20 2012 - 11:49am

Images

A British military official with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) adjusts his helmet, as a NATO helicopter lands at the Provincial Reconstruction Team compound in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. The helicopter landed to pick up Afghan officials to take them to the Kajaki district of Helmand one day after a suicide attack. The suicide bomber blew himself at a bridge under construction in Kajaki district of Helmand province, according to Mohammad Ismail, the deputy of the Afghan security forces coordination office in the area. Ismail said NATO troops also were working at the construction site, but it was unclear whether any were injured or killed. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaleq)
A British military official with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) adjusts his helmet, as a NATO helicopter lands at the Provincial Reconstruction Team compound in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. The helicopter landed to pick up Afghan officials to take them to the Kajaki district of Helmand one day after a suicide attack. The suicide bomber blew himself at a bridge under construction in Kajaki district of Helmand province, according to Mohammad Ismail, the deputy of the Afghan security forces coordination office in the area. Ismail said NATO troops also were working at the construction site, but it was unclear whether any were injured or killed. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaleq)

WASHINGTON -- A senior U.S. defense official says all six reported killed in the crash of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan were U.S. Marines.

The helicopter crashed Thursday in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand.

The defense official who said all six were Marines spoke on condition of anonymity because the U.S. command in Afghanistan had not yet publicly released details, including the nationalities of the dead.

The official says there is no indication that the helicopter was hit by enemy fire.

 

From Around the Web

  +