ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141967
Last updated: 21 December 2014
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Date:19-JAN-2012
Time:23:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic H53 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion
Owner/operator:HMH-363 USMC
Registration: 157174
C/n / msn: 65-300
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Helmand Province -   Afghanistan
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed six NATO troops, according to news reports.

The crash involved a U.S. Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion of HMH-363 "Red Lions". A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force said six died in the crash. Neither the number nor the nationalities of those on board have been confirmed.
Update at 8:13 p.m. ET: The six troops who died were U.S. Marines, NBC News reports.

The helicopter crashed about midnight local time (2:30 p.m. Eastern) in Helmand province. The cause of the crash is not known. The spokesman said there was no enemy activity in the area at the time.

NOTE: There are conflicting reports from FOX news that the helicopter involvd as a Boeing Vertol CH-46, not a CH-53

Sources:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/01/6-nato-troops-killed-in-helicopter-crash-in-afghanistan/1
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/nato-6-nato-service-members-killed-in-helicopter-crash-in-afghanistan/2012/01/19/gIQAYll3BQ_story.html
http://channel6newsonline.com/2012/01/nato-helicopter-crashes-in-southern-afghanistan-killing-6/
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/19/marine-helicopter-crashes-in-afghanistan/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Jan-2012 18:09 Dr. John Smith Added
20-Jan-2012 01:17 tk421 Updated [Aircraft type]
20-Jan-2012 02:53 aegir Updated [Narrative]
25-Jan-2012 23:35 RobertMB Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Narrative]
16-Feb-2012 02:45 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator]
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