UK Launches Probe Into Fatal Afghanistan Chopper Crash

Sunday, 27 Apr 2014 08:10 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

KABUL, Afghanistan — An investigation was under way on Sunday to find out why a British military helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing five troops.

The Lynx helicopter crashed during a routine flight in Kandahar province on Saturday, causing the biggest single loss of life for British troops in the country.

Britain's Ministry of Defense denied claims from Taliban insurgents that they shot down the light utility helicopter, saying its initial investigations pointed towards a technical fault during the routine flight.

"The investigation is now under way, and the area of the crash has been cordoned off," an MoD spokeswoman said.

"We cannot go into further details. At this stage it is not known how long the investigation might last or when investigators will deliver their report, but it will be a thorough inquiry."

Experts said the inquiry was likely to examine the aircraft's log books and other documentation, in addition to weather conditions and whether the helicopter was conducting an authorized mission in accordance with its capabilities.

It is not thought that other Lynx helicopters in Afghanistan will be grounded.

The incident, "at this early stage, would appear to have been a tragic accident," said Major General Richard Felton, commander of the British armed forces' Joint Helicopter Command.

The loss, which comes just before the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operation in Afghanistan comes to an end in December after 13 years, brings the total number of British fatalities to 453.

Prime Minister David Cameron described the deaths as a "terrible tragedy."

Local officials in southern Afghanistan told AFP the helicopter came down in Takhta Pul and was not attacked by militants.

"It was doing military exercises and crashed as a result of technical fault," said Zia Durrani, the provincial police spokesman.

The Taliban said on a recognized Twitter account that it had targeted the helicopter and the "wreckage caught fire as it smashed onto the ground, killing all invaders on board."

The insurgent group often makes erroneous claims of responsibility.

Aircraft crashes have been a regular risk for the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, with troops relying heavily on air transport to battle the Taliban insurgency across the south and east of the country.

British forces use Westland Lynx helicopters for a wide variety of operations, including transport and supply.

 

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Oktoberfest Opens to Toast Millions

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 10:13 AM

Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer, as mill . . .

Scottish Teens Proud, Passionate About Voting

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 10:12 AM

They arrived before polling stations even opened, dressed for the school day in striped ties and blazers, dress slacks a . . .

Munitions Factory Hit After Agreement on Ukraine Buffer Zone

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 10:11 AM

Donetsk was rocked by blasts on Saturday, even as government forces and pro-Russian separatists prepared to create a buf . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved