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Helicopter Crash Claims 5 U.S. Troops' Lives in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Sept. 26, 2005 – U.S. military forces confirmed all five personnel aboard a CH-47 transport helicopter were killed when it crashed southwest of Deh Chopan on Sept. 25.

Officials reported that the aircraft was returning from a mission in support of an ongoing operation at the time of the crash and there was no indication of enemy involvement in the crash.

The names of the dead are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the service members lost today," said Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya, head of Combined Joint Task Force 76. "I would like them to know that our servicemembers gave their lives in a noble cause -- to defend freedom and to assist the government of Afghanistan in providing for a safe and prosperous future for the Afghan people."

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Recovery operations are under way.

(Based on a news release from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan.)

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