NATO helicopter crash kills U.S. service member in Afghanistan

A helicopter crash in Afghanistan’s Logar province killed one U.S. service member and injured six others, NATO officials said Saturday.

NATO-led Resolute Support officials said a helicopter crash in Afghanistan was not the result of enemy actions. File Photo by Glenn Fawcett/Department of Defense
NATO-led Resolute Support officials said a helicopter crash in Afghanistan was not the result of enemy actions. File Photo by Glenn Fawcett/Department of Defense

The crash happened Friday evening and was not the result of enemy action, a statement from the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support said.

Six people injured in the crash received medical treatment.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our comrade,” Gen. John Nicholson, commander, Resolute Support, said. “On behalf of all of Resolute Support, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of our fallen comrade and those injured in this unfortunate event.”

The mission was investigating the cause of the crash.

In September, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced an additional 3,000 U.S. troops would be sent to Afghanistan, bringing the total number of U.S. service members there up to 14,000. U.S. troops in Afghanistan are on a two-fold mission amid the war in Afghanistan — as part of the NATO-led operation to train and advise Afghan troops, and a counter-terrorism mission.

By Danielle Haynes