Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cause of US Army Helicopter crash released

The cause of the August 2011 Chinook helicopter crash that killed 30 American service personnel has been officially announced by US military investigators.

The official investigation report, released on Wednesday 12th October 2011 by US Central Command said: "A previously undetected group of suspected Taliban fighters fired two or three RPGs in rapid succession from the tower of a two-story mud brick building approximately 220 meters south of the aircraft. The first RPG missed the helicopter, but the second RPG struck one of the blades on the aft (rear) rotor assembly and exploded."

The crash killed everyone on board the helicopter including 17 US Navy SEAL members, 5 US Navy Special Operations personnel, 3 USAF personnel, 5 US Army helicopter crew members, 7 Afghan Commandos, and Afghan interpreter and a US military dog.

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