2 US Troops Killed in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

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A Task Force Iron Eagles' Apache takes off in Afghanistan ready to conduct aviation operations in support of our regional, coalition and NATO partners, April 11, 2018. (U.S. Army photo/Roxana Thompson)
A Task Force Iron Eagles' Apache takes off in Afghanistan ready to conduct aviation operations in support of our regional, coalition and NATO partners, April 11, 2018. (U.S. Army photo/Roxana Thompson)

A Wednesday helicopter crash in Afghanistan killed two U.S. service members, officials announced, in what has been one of the deadliest times for troops there in recent years.

The helicopter does not appear to have been brought down by enemy fire, officials with U.S. Forces Afghanistan said.

They did not specify where the crash occurred or the type of aircraft involved.

It’s also not clear if there were more personnel aboard the helicopter at the time of the crash.

Names of the service members killed have not been released, pending next-of-kin notifications.

At least 16 U.S. troops have been killed in action in Afghanistan in 2019, making it the deadliest year for American military personnel there since the end of combat missions there in 2014.

No additional news was made available about Wednesday’s helicopter crash.

-- Gina Harkins can be reached at gina.harkins@military.com. Follow her on Twitter @ginaaharkins.

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