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Two U.S. Choppers Crash in Afghanistan, Crews Safe

By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2002 – Eight U.S. service members received minor injuries in helicopter crashes today and Aug. 13, military officials reported.

An Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter conducting operations crashed this morning about 20 miles south of Kabul. The two crewmembers were immediately recovered and flown to Bagram Air Base for the treatment for minor injuries.

Although the cause of the accident is not known yet, military officials said, it was not the result of hostile fire. Coalition forces have secured the crash site and an investigation is under way.

The morning of Aug. 13, officials said, an Air Force HH-60 medical evacuation helicopter crashed immediately after takeoff in Orgun-e. The six airmen on board were treated for minor injuries. No patients were on board at the time of the incident.

The medevac helicopter had taken off from Khost to transfer a wounded civilian to a surgical team in Orgun-e, an official said. The crash occurred as the helicopter was leaving Orgun-e.

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