Marine Chopper Crash Kills 2, Injures 5
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2002 Two Marines died and five others were injured Jan. 20 in the crash of a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter in Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command said.
The injured have been evacuated to medical facilities in the area, officials said. Their injuries are not considered life threatening. Identities are withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said there is no evidence the helicopter -- on a routine resupply mission -- - encountered enemy fire. He said a mechanical problem was most thelikely the cause of the accident, but a crash investigation has begun.
The chopper lifted off from Bagram air base near the Afghan capital of Kabul. It crashed at about 6:30 a.m. local Afghan time, about 60 kilometers south of the base. Officials did not say where the chopper was heading.