Nine American Troops Killed in Afghan Helicopter Crash
September 21, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—One of the deadliest years for NATO forces in Afghanistan, just got worse. A Blackhawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan took the lives of nine American soldiers, one Afghan National Army soldier and injuring one U.S. soldier and an American civilian. The pentagon says it’s the worst helicopter crash for NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan in four-years.
CBS News is reporting that the nighttime crash took place in Afghanistan’s northwestern Zabul province.
“Military officials confirm to CBS News national security correspondent David Martin that all those killed were American troops. The helicopter involved in the crash was a Blackhawk UH-60, a workhorse of the U.S. armed forces.”
“One other U.S. service member was wounded in the crash and an Afghan National Army soldier was killed. A U.S. civilian was also left wounded in the incident.”
The Taliban released a statement shortly after the crash, claiming the group’s fighters shot down the helicopter. But military officials quickly dismissed their claims as false.
Already this year, the Afghan death toll of 525 U.S. and NATO soldiers surpasses the 504 deaths recorded last year.
Photo Source: U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua T. Jasper