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          US Chinook helicopter Destroyed


             Thursday, 28 June 2005: An American MH-47D Chinook helicopter, 89-00146, has been destroyed by fire in southeast Afghanistan, US military said.

             The incident, which happened late Wednesday, was caused by hostile fire. The aircraft crashed west of Asadabad in Kunar province after being hit by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG), while flying into eastern Afghanistan to rescue a SEAL team surrounded by 25 to 50 Taliban.

             Coalition forces believe the aircraft caught fire after landing in difficult conditions in Spin Boldak, near the border with Pakistan.

             Thirty one people, including six US troops and 25 Afghans, were said to be on board. 16 personnel perished in the crash.

             The Chinook was one of two conducting an operation in response to reports of insurgent activity in the area.

             The aircraft was scheduled to move forces taking part in the operation, US Sergeant Marina Evans said.

             Spin Boldak, linking Kandahar with Pakistan's Balochistan province, is near the conflict zone. A team of investigators was due to arrive at the site later on Thursday.



          B/3-160 SOAR Fatalities


          CW3 Corey J. Goodnature, PC

          CW4 Chris J. Scherkenbach, P

          MSG James W. Ponder III, FE

          SGT Kip A. Jacoby, FE

          SSG Michael L. Russell, CE

          SFC Marcus V. Muralles, MO

          MAJ Stephen C. Reich, AMC

          SSG Shamus O. Goare, UNK



          USN SDVT-1 Fatalities


          CPO Daniel R. Healy

          PO2 Eric S. Patton

          PO2 James E. Suh



          USN ST-10 Fatalities


          CPO Jacques J. Fontan

          LCDR Erik S. Kristensen

          PO1 Jeffrey A. Lucas

          LT Michael M. McGreevey Jr

          PO1 Jeffrey S. Taylor



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