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U.S. Chopper Makes Hard Afghan Landing; Four Crew Hurt

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2001 - An American military helicopter made a hard landing in Afghanistan yes, Nov. 21, 2001 – An American military helicopter made a hard landing in Afghanistan yesterday, injuring four crewmembers, said DoD officials.

"The injuries were broken bones," Pentagon spokesperson Richard McGraw told reporters today. None of the crews' injuries are considered life threatening.

The incident occurred in the southern part of Afghanistan, McGraw noted. The entire crew was safely removed from the country and the injured are receiving medical attention, according to a U.S. Central Command release.

The incident occurred at about 1:10 EST and its cause is presently unknown, the CENTCOM release said. The release noted that the landing wasn't caused by hostile fire. The damaged helicopter was removed from Afghan territory. On Nov. 2, bad weather caused another U.S. military helicopter to crash-land in Afghanistan. Four crewmembers aboard that chopper were injured and the helicopter was severely damaged. The release noted all crew were safely removed and none of the injuries was life threatening. U.S. planes destroyed the damaged helicopter

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