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|April 6, 2005
Release Number: 05-04-08C
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NINE CONFIRMED DEAD IN HELICOPTER CRASH
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Nine people are confirmed dead in the crash Wednesday afternoon of a Coalition CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
Initial reports indicate that the cause of the crash was severe weather. The helicopter crashed near Ghazni, roughly 100 miles southwest of Kabul.
The helicopter was one of two Chinooks returning to Bagram Airfield from a routine mission in southern Afghanistan. The second helicopter returned to base safely.
A recovery operation is at the site providing security and accounting for the dead.
The names of the dead are being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
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