• publish: 12 October 2015
  • time: 8:56 pm
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 1680

Three air incidents in Afghanistan within two days

Amid fighting between Taliban militants and government security forces in different parts of Afghanistan, two helicopters and one plane have crashed over the past two days on Sunday and Monday, leaving seven people dead.

A plane of Afghan army crashed in the central Bamyan province Monday afternoon, killing two people aboard and injuring five others, spokesman for Bamyan provincial government Abdul Rahmand Ahmadi said.

“A small plane of Afghan army crashed in Shah-e-Fuladi area at 2:00 p.m. local time, leaving two persons aboard dead and injured five others,” Ahmadi said.

He couldn’t provide more details. The Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman was not immediately available to make comment.

Bamyan is the most peaceful province in the country.

Later in the day, two crews of an Afghan army helicopter were injured as their chopper crashed in the eastern Logar province.

“An army helicopter was taking off in Kharwar district at 3:00 p.m. local time when it developed technical problems and downed, injuring two crews,” spokesman for the provincial government Salim Saleh said.

On Sunday, a helicopter of NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission crashed in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing five aboard and injuring five others.

“A United Kingdom Puma Mk 2 helicopter assigned to the Resolute Support Mission crashed in a non-hostile incident Oct. 11 at approximately 4:15 p.m. (local time) at Camp Resolute Support, Kabul, Afghanistan,” the alliance said in a statement.

“The incident resulted in the death of two British service members, two U.S. service members, and one French contracted civilian,” the statement added.

Five other Resolute Support personnel were injured in the incident.

However, the statement did not identify the nationalities of those injured in the air incident, saying, “It is Resolute Support policy to defer casualty identification to the relevant national authorities.”

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