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U.S. Army Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan

Aired January 30, 2003 - 11:04   ET

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FREDRICKA WHITFIELD:, CNN ANCHOR: For now, let's talk about the breaking story that we're following out of Afghanistan, with a Blackhawk helicopter, an Army helicopter, that is down outside of Bagram Air Base.
CNN's senior Pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre is on the story -- Jamie.

JAMIE MCINTYRE, CNN SR. PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Well, Fredricka, at this point, there's no indication that this is a result of hostile fire. U.S. Central Command officials are calling it an apparent accident at this point, the crash of a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter about 10 kilometers east of the Bagram airfield in an area called the east training range. There are indications that there are some fatalities as a result of this accident, and some U.S. military personnel injured, but we don't have the numbers, nor do we have the numbers onboard the aircraft.

We're given to believe it's less than half a dozen that were involved in this training mission, but again, we don't have any firm numbers. It happened just about an hour and a half ago. Again, U.S. military officials say it was a routine training mission for this Blackhawk helicopter, over a training area. No indication of hostile fire, and there are U.S. casualties, including some number of deaths -- Fredricka.

WHITFIELD: All right, Jamie McIntyre from the Pentagon, thank you very much.

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