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          MH-47D Destroyed in Afghanistan


             7 October 2005: Kandahar, Afghanistan — An MH-47D Chinook helicopter, 89-00160, of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment was destroyed in an accident Friday, but all crew members emerged virtually unscathed.

             The helicopter went down at about 8.30 p.m. during a combat operation in the Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan.

             “Initial indications are it was an engine malfunction which caused the aircraft to make a hard landing,” said Lt. Col. Jerry O’Hara, spokesman for Coalition and Joint Task Force 76 at Bagram air base, in an interview.

             As the twin-rotored helicopter was landing, “the aircraft shifted its balance and a rotor blade hit the ground, causing the aircraft to roll over,” he said.

             The aircraft became unstable during a pinnacle landing and overturned onto its right side and descended down the slope. A fire quickly ensued. However, all crew members onboard were able to exit the wreckage with various injuries. Reports indicate the aircraft was completely destroyed.

             There were seven personnel on the helicopter. “All crew members got out safely, but the aircraft was destroyed,” O’Hara said. Three of the crew suffered minor injuries that were treated at the scene, according to O’Hara. All have returned to duty, he said.



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