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U.S. Army Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan; Casualties Reported

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2003 – A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Afghanistan today. Few details are available.

A Defense Department spokesman in the Pentagon said at about 10:45 a.m. that the crash occurred "within the hour." He said there are casualties, but he had no details whether they were deaths or injuries.

Officials said the helicopter was on a routine training mission 10 to 20 kilometers east of Bagram.

"Hostile action is not believed to be the cause," the spokesman said.

Officials cautioned that first reports are often confused and inaccurate and said more details will be released as they become available.

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