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NATO Copter Crashes In Southern Afghanistan

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Thursday that one of its helicopters crashed in southern Afghanistan.

"The crash site is secured; the cause is under investigation. Additional information will be released as appropriate," ISAF said in a statement posted on its website on Thursday, without disclosing further details.

Nevertheless, media reports citing unnamed officials suggested that the aircraft that crashed was a Black Hawk helicopter. At least six people, thought to be Americans, were on board the chopper when it went down, the report added.

It is not clear whether any of the occupants survived the crash. Although officials are yet to rule out enemy fire as a possible cause for the crash, they are mainly blaming it on poor weather conditions.

NATO helicopter crashes are relatively common in Afghanistan, but are rarely due to enemy fire. While 12 Turkish soldiers were killed after their helicopter crashed in Kabul last month, another chopper crash had left six U.S. service-members dead in Helmand province in January.

In August 2011, thirty American soldiers and six Afghans were killed after Taliban insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter in eastern Afghanistan.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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