Aviation News

January 20, 2012

Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan Kills 6 Marines

More articles by »
Written by: BNO News
Tags: , , , , ,
A US Marine Corp CH-53D Sea Stallion, similar to the accident aircraft, seen here on the flight line for a flight at Al Asad, Iraq.

Six U.S. Marines were killed late Thursday evening when a helicopter belonging to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) crashed in southern Afghanistan, officials said on Friday.

The accident happened around midnight local time when a CH-53 helicopter went down in Helmand province. The Pentagon on Friday morning confirmed that the victims were US Marines.

It was not immediately known what caused the accident or how many people were on board, or if any ISAF service members were injured. “The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash,” an ISAF spokesperson said.

Earlier this week, three crew members were killed when a U.S.-owned helicopter crashed in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province. The aircraft was conducting operations for the U.S. Department of Defense, although it was not part of the NATO-led force.

In August 2011, 30 U.S. and 8 Afghan service members were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed in the Tangi Valley of Wardak province. The incident represented the highest number of U.S. forces killed during a single event since the U.S.-led war began in late 2001.

A report released by U.S. Central Command in October 2011 confirmed the crash was caused by an insurgent-fired rocket-propelled grenade which struck the CH-47’s aft rotor-blade as the aircraft approached its landing zone. The investigation found no evidence of a pre-planned ambush.



About the Author

BNO News





 
 

 

PHOTOS: Checking Out The Performers At The MCAS Beaufort Airshow

Correspondent David Lilienthal visited the MCAS Beaufort Airshow last weekend and shares his photos with us.
by David Lilienthal
0

 
 

National Air Flight 102: A Preliminary Report

Our early ideas into what cause the crash of National Air Flight 102 in Afghanistan this week.
by NYCAviation Staff
15

 

 
The crash site of a National Air Cargo 747 (Credit: Albert Ramirez, Twitter)

VIDEO: National Air Cargo 747 Crashes at Bagram, Afghanistan

On Monday morning, a National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 N949CA, operated on behalf of US Mobility Command, has crashed just after takeoff from Bagram Air Base with 7 crew members on board. The following is a dashcam video showin...
by Jason Rabinowitz
24

 
 
A US Army sergeant launches a AeroVironment RQ-11Raven unmanned aerial vehicle, similar to the drones being sold to the Afghani government. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Guillory/US Army)

Afghanistan Set to Enter the Drone Age, Or Is It?

Kabul hopes for spy drones to increase its sovereignty, but the reality may not match the hype.
by Jean MacKenzie, GlobalPost
0

 
 
A UK Army Air Corps Westland Apache WAH-64D Longbow (ZJ206).

Apache Helicopter Gunner Prince Harry Killed Taliban During Afghanistan Tour

Britain's Prince Harry said he killed Taliban fighters during his stint as a helicopter gunner in Afghanistan.
by AFP
1