A US Army helicopter crashed Sunday 5th June 2011 in eastern Afghanistan, killing two Mountain Division army pilots, in the third such incident in as many weeks.
As usual, the Taliban claimed responsibility, saying it had downed a Western chopper in the Sabari district of Khost province, near the Pakistan border. However, the Taliban are always quick to claim to have shot down any NATO aircraft that crashes. Military officials said the cause of the crash was under investigation.
The pilots of the aircraft were US Army Chief Warrant Officer Bradley Gaudet and US Army Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth White.