U.S. copter down in Afghanistan; 1 killed

March 17, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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KABUL, Afghanistan, March 17 (UPI) -- One American died this weekend when a U.S. military helicopter crashed in Afghanistan's Kanduhar province, coalition officials said.

The International Security Assistance Force said the OH-58 Kiowa went down early Saturday for reasons that were still under investigation.

An official at ISAF Joint Command told Stars and Stripes it was not known if the Kiowa suffered a mechanical emergency or if pilot error was involved. Investigators said there was no indication it was shot down.

It was not known if the two-seat aircraft had a second crew member aboard and what the person's fate was.

The newspaper said the crash was the second fatal chopper crash in Kandahar. Five soldiers were killed Monday when a U.S. Army Black Hawk went down.

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