KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Tue, Mar 12) – Reported by madn3wz
At least five Americans troops are reported killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed Monday in southern Afghanistan, apparently due to bad weather. The five dead included everyone aboard the UH-60 Black Hawk, said Maj. Adam Wojack, a spokesman for the international military coalition in Afghanistan.
The latest chopper crash brought the total number of U.S. troops killed on Monday to seven, making it the deadliest day for U.S. forces so far this year. Earlier, two U.S. troops and five Afghan police and soldiers were killed by a person in an Afghan military uniform in the agitated eastern part of Afghanistan.
According to initial statement issued by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan; 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 incident.
A local official told media that it was windy when the chopper went down, and weather or technical problem could have been the cause behind the tragedy.
Their deaths make 12 U.S. troops killed so far this year in Afghanistan. There were 297 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan in 2012, according to an Associated Press tally.
The worst such incident was in August 2011, when the Taliban shot down a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter, killing all 38 people on board, including 25 U.S. special operations troops.