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    update on Blackhawk helicopter crash killing 6 US in Afg. Dec.17 th

    A Blackhawk helicopter that crashed in southern Afghanistan last month
    killing six U.S. soldiers, was brought down by an enemy explosion, not gunfire or mechanical failure, U.S. military officials said Thursday. The UH-60 helicopter crashed in the Shahjoi district of Afghanistan's Zabul province on Dec. 17.
    Initial reports indicated it came under heavy enemy gunfire once it was on the ground, but later reports contradicted that, implying there was no enemy contact.

    On Thursday, U.S. military officials told NBC News the helicopter was in a low-hover position when a blast from the ground below caused it to crash. The helicopter was not shot down by enemy fire, and apparently no enemy forces were on the ground in the vicinity either before or after the fatal crash
    not sure if I get this, no enemy fire, no troops. but an enemy explosion? what kind of explosion?

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    Re: update on Blackhawk helicopter crash killing 6 US in Afg. Dec.17 th

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    not sure if I get this, no enemy fire, no troops. but an enemy explosion? what kind of explosion?

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    Re: update on Blackhawk helicopter crash killing 6 US in Afg. Dec.17 th

    Two days ago:

    Two officials say it's possible the low-flying helicopter set off an improved explosive device on the ground. If that is the case, it could pose new challenges for U.S. helicopter operations in the war zone, the officials said. They all declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information...

    The assessment is based on a variety of evidence collected. The crew of another helicopter flying nearby reported seeing a flash but did not see enemy forces on the ground at the time. One surviving crew member has also been interviewed. And investigators have also closely analyzed debris on the ground and damage to the aircraft.
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    Re: update on Blackhawk helicopter crash killing 6 US in Afg. Dec.17 th

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    not sure if I get this, no enemy fire, no troops. but an enemy explosion? what kind of explosion?

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    5 of the 6 are part of my unit.

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    Re: update on Blackhawk helicopter crash killing 6 US in Afg. Dec.17 th

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ja View Post
    5 of the 6 are part of my unit.
    not sure of your reference, but ny criticism of the war, is not a criticism of the ISAF forces there.
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    Re: update on Blackhawk helicopter crash killing 6 US in Afg. Dec.17 th

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    not sure of your reference, but ny criticism of the war, is not a criticism of the ISAF forces there.
    I'm merely saying 5 of the 6 killed are part of my unit, meaning I worked with them, they were stationed here and we just had their memorial. This post just made me think of them.

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    Re: update on Blackhawk helicopter crash killing 6 US in Afg. Dec.17 th

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ja View Post
    I'm merely saying 5 of the 6 killed are part of my unit, meaning I worked with them, they were stationed here and we just had their memorial. This post just made me think of them.
    deepest condolences for their loss.
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    Re: update on Blackhawk helicopter crash killing 6 US in Afg. Dec.17 th

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    deepest condolences for their loss.
    Thank you. Been a rough month for us here.

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    Re: update on Blackhawk helicopter crash killing 6 US in Afg. Dec.17 th

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ja View Post
    Thank you. Been a rough month for us here.
    Sorry this happened. Do you know anything about the crash?
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    Re: update on Blackhawk helicopter crash killing 6 US in Afg. Dec.17 th

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Sorry this happened. Do you know anything about the crash?
    Not very much, they aren't saying a lot, since the investigation is still going on, but last I heard it was a mechanical issue, not enemy fire, or an IED.

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