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16 Dead, 2 Missing in Chinook Crash in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2005 – The known death toll from the April 6 CH-47 helicopter crash near Ghazni, Afghanistan, has reached 16.

Five crewmembers and nine other servicemembers died. Three U.S. contractors were also killed.

Two U.S. servicemembers remain unaccounted for, according to military officials in Afghanistan. The mission's manifest showed 18 people on the flight, they said.

The crash occurred during severe weather. The aircraft, one of a two-flight mission, was en route from Kandahar to Bagram Airfield. The other safely landed there.

The names of those killed are being held pending notification of next of kin. Military officials said they are investigating the cause of the crash.

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