14 Americans Killed in 2 Afghan Chopper Crashes

28 injured in collision, crash
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 26, 2009 7:42 AM CDT
A US machine-gunner prepares for a helicopter mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, last week. Today, four US troops were killed when two helicopters collided.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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(Newser) – A pair of helicopter crashes today in Afghanistan killed 14 US troops and civilian workers and injured at least 28 others. In the first crash, a helicopter went down in the west of the country after leaving the scene of a firefight with insurgents, killing 10 Americans—seven troops and three civilians working for the government. Eleven American troops, one U.S. civilian and 14 Afghans were also injured.


In a separate incident in the south, two other US choppers collided while in flight, killing four American troops and wounding two more, the military said. Military officials were investigating both incidents, and have ruled out hostile fire in the collision.