16 killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan
A US helicopter crashed into the Afghan desert on Wednesday, killing 3 US government contracts and 13 American military personnel. It is not known at this stage what caused the crash. The helicopter appeared to have two damaged rotors , according to a witness, before it crashed. The weather was very windy which may have been a contributing factor. There does not appear to be any signs of enemy fire.
The CH-47 Chinook was returning to base after a rountine mission and radio contact was lost before it crashed. A second Chinook made it back to base safely.