NATO loses 5 personnel in Kabul helicopter crash
KABUL (Pajhwok) A British Puma Mk 2 helicopter crashed in Kabul, killing five coalition members and injuring as many others, the alliance said on Monday.
A statement from NATO’s Resolute Support Mission said the helicopter "crashed due to a non-hostile incident" around 4:15pm Sunday at Kabul Camp.
The crash of the helicopter assigned to the Resolute Support Mission resulted in the death of two British service-members, two US troops and one French contracted civilian. Five other NATO personnel were injured.
“We’re deeply saddened by the loss of our teammates,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner, Resolute Support deputy chief of staff for communications.
“On behalf of Gen. Campbell and the entire Resolute Support team, our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected in this tragic incident and we pray for the full recovery of those injured.”
With the incident currently under investigation, the mission said it would release additional information as appropriate.
In London, the British Ministry of Defence confirmed two Royal Air Force members were among the dead when the helicopter crashed while landing at the headquarters of the Resolute Support Mission.
At the same time, a convoy of British military vehicles came under attack earlier Sunday in a separate incident in Kabul, but there were no fatalities. In April last year five, British servicemen were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.
Around 500 UK personnel remain in Afghanistan as part of the Resolute Support mission, training local forces who are fighting against the Taliban.
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