A U.S. service member has died as a result of injuries sustained during a helicopter crash late Friday evening (Oct. 27) in Afghanistan’s Logar province, NATO Operation Resolute Support said in a statement.
The statement confirmed that the crash was not the result of enemy action. It added that all personnel are accounted and the crash site has been secured. The type of helicopter involved in the crash is not named in the statement.
The confirmation came after the claim by Taliban that it shot down the helicopter, killing dozens of Americans. Taliban is said to be controlling about half of Logar province.
Six other U.S. crew members were also injured in the crash and are all receiving medical treatment.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our comrade,” said General John Nicholson, commander, Resolute Support. “On behalf of all of Resolute Support, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of our fallen comrade and those injured in this unfortunate event.”
Resolute Support said that it is investigating the circumstances of the crash to determine more facts and will release relevant details as appropriate.
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