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Release No: 087-11
October 12, 2011

CENTCOM Releases Investigation Findings

            MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (October 12, 2011) – The U.S. Central Command investigation into the Aug. 6, 2011, CH-47 crash in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, is complete.

            The investigation confirmed that the primary cause of the accident was an insurgent-fired rocket propelled grenade strike to the aft rotor blade as the helicopter approached its combat landing zone. The investigation determined that operational planning and execution were consistent with previous missions, and that the forces and capabilities were appropriate given the agility required to maintain pressure on insurgent networks. There was no evidence of a pre-planned ambush.

            An unclassified executive summary of the investigation is available on the CENTCOM website at http://www.centcom.mil/

            A full copy of the redacted report, including exhibits, will also be made available on the CENTCOM website upon completion of the final briefing of the findings on Oct 13, in the afternoon.

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