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Bad Weather Causes U.S. Chopper Crash; Crew Safe

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2001 – U.S. Central Command reports that bad weather caused an U.S. military helicopter to crash-land in Afghanistan today.

The crash, at about 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, severely damaged the aircraft, according to a CENTCOM news release. Four crew members aboard the fallen chopper were injured. None of the injuries is life threatening.

The crashed helicopter's entire crew was safely recovered out of Afghanistan, the release noted, and injured crew members are receiving medical care.

Navy F-14 Tomcat jets from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt destroyed the damaged helicopter, the release said.

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