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Emergency Landings Injure Six in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2005 – Two U.S. CH-47 Chinook helicopters involved in combat operations made emergency landings today in separate locations in southern Afghanistan, injuring five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan National Army soldier.

In the first incident, an emergency landing at a forward operating base south of Tarin Kowt occurred with one Afghan National Army soldier injured. He was evacuated to a nearby U.S. military treatment facility where he is in stable condition.

The second incident, which injured five U.S. soldiers, occurred north of Kandahar and resulted in severe damage to the aircraft. The injured were evacuated to a nearby U.S. medical facility for treatment. All are reported in stable condition.

Afghan and U.S. forces are conducting recovery operations.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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