Thursday, April 07, 2005

Chinook Crash in Afghanistan - Keep Military Family and Friends in Your Prayers And Thoughts

The New York Times - At Least 16 Are Killed in Copter Crash in Afghanistan

With the news being 24/7 on the Pope's Funeral be aware that a Chinook crashed near Kabul, Afghanistan. Remember your Military Friends and Family who may have someone serving there.

ABUL, Afghanistan, April 6 - At least 16 people were killed when an American military helicopter crashed in bad weather near the town of Ghazni, south of the capital Kabul, an American military spokeswoman said.

The American spokeswoman, Cindy Moore, said that 18 people were listed as having been aboard the helicopter. It was not known, however, whether the two people unaccounted for had actually boarded the aircraft.

Nor had the nationalities of all the victims been determined, she said.

"We don't know yet whether they were all Americans or if non-Americans were among them - and we do not know if they were all military," she said in a telephone interview.

She said the crash was most probably caused by bad weather, and did not mention any hostile activity. The transport helicopter, a CH-47 Chinook, was one of a pair returning from a routine mission to southern Afghanistan. The second Chinook returned to base at Bagram airfield, north of Kabul, a press statement said.

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