BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, May 6, 2006 – All 10 U.S. soldiers aboard died late last night when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed near Asadabad in Afghanistan's Kunar province, military officials reported today.
The soldiers' names are being withheld until their families are notified.
A Combined Forces Afghanistan statement said crewmembers of other aircraft at the mountain-top landing zone where the crash occurred confirmed the crash was not the result of enemy action.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and comrades of the soldiers who were involved in this crash," said Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 76. "We must honor the courage and dedication of our soldiers by continuing our commitment to bringing peace and stability to the Afghan people."
(From a Combined Forces Command news release.)