NATO helicopter crash in Afghanistan: Nationalities of 5 killed released
In separate incident, 2 Afghan pilots killed and 5 people injured when small Afghan army plane crashes
The nationalities of the five members of NATO's international support mission in Afghanistan who were killed when a British military helicopter crashed in the capital of Kabul on Sunday were released today.
NATO's Resolute Support mission said in a statement that two British service members, two U.S. service members and one French contracted civilian were killed as a result of the crash at its headquarters. Five members of the mission were also injured.
No names were released.
Britain's Ministry of Defence said on its website that two Royal Air Force personnel had been killed when a British
Puma Mk 2 helicopter crashed while landing at the base.
"We're deeply saddened by the loss of our teammates," Brig.-Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner, deputy chief of staff for
communications, said in the Resolute Support statement on Monday afternoon.
The incident, described as "non-hostile," is being investigated, it added.
In a separate incident, two Afghan pilots were killed and five people on board were injured when a small Afghan army plane crashed in the central province of Bamyan on Monday afternoon, said Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial governor.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed that an Afghan army plane had crashed due to a technical problem, but could not immediately confirm the casualties.
NATO's combat mission in Afghanistan has ended but about12,000 mostly U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan as part of
Resolute Support, focused on training Afghan security forces.