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July 28, 2006 | From the Associated Press
U.S. and Afghan troops hiked across rugged terrain Thursday to reach the wreckage of a civilian helicopter that crashed in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, killing up to 16 people, including at least two Americans. A purported Taliban spokesman claimed that the rebels had shot down the chopper, but a military official said bad weather probably caused the crash.
June 29, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A helicopter crash landed in Chino Hills State Park about 9 a.m. Wednesday, causing the pilot and a radio traffic reporter minor injuries, authorities said. The "hard landing" occurred about half a mile north of the San Bernardino County line, near the 91 and 71 freeways, said Cindy Beavers, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The occupants, both of Van Nuys, were taken by a second helicopter to Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
June 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
An Army helicopter clipped a wire on a television transmission tower and crashed in Doerun, killing four members of an elite combat unit on a training mission, officials said. A fifth soldier aboard the MH-47 Chinook helicopter suffered minor injuries, said Lisa Eichhorn, a spokeswoman for Ft. Rucker, Ala., home to an Army helicopter training school, where the soldiers were headed.
May 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Rescuers recovered the bodies of 10 U.S. soldiers who died in a helicopter crash while scouring remote mountains along the Afghan-Pakistani border for Al Qaeda and Taliban militants, the military said Sunday. The military said Friday's crash into an inaccessible ravine -- the deadliest for U.S. forces here in a year -- was not caused by hostile fire. The soldiers were based at Ft.
May 7, 2006 | Borzou Daragahi and Othman Ghanim, Special to The Times
A fiery melee erupted after a British helicopter was apparently shot down over a wealthy residential neighborhood of this southern city Saturday, in the latest sign of souring relations between Iraq's majority Shiites and the U.S.-led multinational forces in the country's south. An Iraqi official said that a rocket brought the chopper down and that all four British soldiers aboard died in the crash.
May 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Ten U.S. soldiers died when their helicopter crashed during combat operations aimed at flushing out militants from remote mountains in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday. The crash of the CH-47 Chinook on Friday afternoon was the deadliest for U.S. forces here in a year and came at a time of increasing militant attacks, though U.S. officials ruled out hostile fire as a cause. "There is no indication that the helicopter came down due to some enemy action," said Lt. Tamara D.
May 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter with 10 U.S.-led coalition personnel aboard crashed during combat operations in Afghanistan's Kunar province, a U.S. military spokeswoman said. The military would not immediately release the nationalities or the conditions of those on the craft. The crash was not caused by enemy fire, Lt. Tamara D. Lawrence said.
April 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Pilot error was to blame for the helicopter crash that killed former rebel leader John Garang and set off protests in the Sudanese capital and southern cities, an investigation concluded. Garang's death in July led to protests in the capital, Khartoum, and in southern cities in which at least 130 people were killed, raising fears that a pact that had ended a 21-year civil war could collapse.
February 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Rreports
A 25-year-old student pilot was killed and a flight instructor critically injured Saturday when their helicopter crashed in a remote wash west of Interstate 5, authorities said. The helicopter, which had taken off from Van Nuys Airport, came down about 2:30 p.m. after hitting power lines in an area off Highway 126, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said. It was not clear who was at the controls, authorities said.
February 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Services
The U.S. military confirmed that 10 troops died when two transport helicopters crashed into the sea Friday off the coast of the African nation of Djibouti. The CH-53E choppers, carrying a dozen crew and troops from a counter-terrorism force, went down in the Gulf of Aden, near the northern coastal town of Ras Siyyan. Two crew members were rescued.
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