Afghanistan : RAF helicopter crash: five killed in accident


AF Puma helicopter, similar to the Puma Mk 2 helicopter which crashed in Afghanistan, killing two service personnel from the RAF Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian

Total of five people dead and five injured after helicopter crashes while attempting to land at headquarters of Nato training mission in Kabul. Two RAF personnel, two US service members and one French contracted civilian have died following a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Nato-led Afghan training mission Resolute Support have said. A further five people were injured. The British Puma Mk 2 helicopter crashed on Sunday while attempting to land at the Resolute Support headquarters in the Afghan capital, Kabul.  A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokeswoman said: “It is with regret that [we] must announce the death of two personnel from 230 and 33 Squadrons, Royal Air Force, in Kabul following an accident involving a UK Puma Mk 2 helicopter earlier today. “The helicopter crashed while landing at the headquarters of Resolute Support: the Nato train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan. The incident is currently under investigation but we can confirm that it was an accident and not the result of insurgent activity. “The family of the two personnel who were killed have been informed and requested a period of grace before their names are released.” The RAF squadrons from which the British personnel came are based at RAF Benson, between Oxford and Reading in south Oxfordshire. Resolute Support is the Nato-led mission to train and assist Afghan security forces and institutions, following the stand-down of the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) last year. The Puma Mk2 came into service in March this year.

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