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Afghan helicopter crash leaves 8 U.S. troops dead

A military helicopter crashed Sunday in southeastern Afghanistan, killing eight U.S. service members and injuring fourteen.

The incident occurred near Kandahar Airfield, in Kandahar province after an unexplained loss of power and engine failure was radioed in.

The helicopter, CH-47 Chinook, was transporting 22 people, including crew, at the time of the crash.
Officials immediately ruled out enemy fire as a cause of the crash.

The crash was the deadliest single incident this year for the 47,000 U.S.-led coalition and NATO forces in Afghanistan.