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08-Feb-19 225 MD Helicopters MD530F Saydabad, Afghanistan

Helicopter written off in snowy conditions.  Very few details available.  In this tweet there is a claim it was shot down by Taliban

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11-Oct-15 XW229 Airbus SA330 Kabul, Afghanistan (5F)

Two UK RAF servicemen, two US servicemen and one French civilian contractor died in the crash after reportedly striking the cable of a tethered surveillance balloon.  The two British fatalitites were named as Flight Lieutenant Geraint Roberts and Flight Lieutenant Alan Scott, while the American pair were named as Major Phyllis Pelky and Master Sgt. Gregory Kuhse

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06-Aug-15 Mil Mi-17 Zabul province, Afghanistan (17F)

Crashed in unknown circumstances.  Helicopter was flying between Zabul’s capital of Qalat and the town of Shinkay, 20 kilometers (12 miles) away. Accident killed all on board –  12 soldiers and five crew members. The Taliban claimed they had shot down the aircraft

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11-Oct-14 M-518 AgustaWestland AW101 Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

Helicopter ended up on its side in incident at 2200 hours local time.

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28-May-14 Boeing CH-47 Maruf District, Afghanistan (1F)

An ISAF service member died as a result of a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.  One report states the Chinook contacted a telecoms tower when taking off at night.

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26-Apr-14 ZF540 Westland Lynx Mk.9A Kandahar, Afghanistan (5F)

Lynx was one of two taking part in air-to-ground gunnery training when it was lost with all on board – named (eg. here) as Capt Thomas Clarke, WO2 Spencer Faulkner and Cpl James Walters of the Army Air Corps died alongside Flt Lt Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and L/Cpl Oliver Thomas of the Intelligence Corps.

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17-Dec-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Zabul, Afghanistan (6F)

US military keep quiet on details of what happened in this accident, which killed six of the seven on board a Black Hawk.  Fatalities reported by NBC here as

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, Okla.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, of Willow Spring, N.C.
  • Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, Ga.
  • Spc. Terry K.D. Gordon, 22, of Shubuta, Miss.
  • Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 30, of Elkhart, Ind.

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28-Nov-13 Mil Mi-8 Gardez province, Afghanistan

Helicopter sustained bullet hole from ground fire.  No reports of any other damage

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25-Nov-13 Haidar Khan, Afghanistan

Conflicting reports surrounding crashed helicopter on an anti-narcotics mission, with one group claiming it was shot down

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07-Sep-13 MD Helicopters MD530F Shindand, Afghanistan

Landed on an IED during training flight, blowing one skid off.  Helicopter caught fire.  2 POB were U.S. Army CW4 Thomas “Andy” Miller and Afghan air force Lt. Massoud Islamkhil – both were saved by a Mi-17 crew

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12-Jul-13 Baghlan Province, Afghanistan

ISAF official Twitter feed reports hard landing, no casualties and aircraft recovered.  We assume it is a helicopter

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11-Jun-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan

Australian special ops soldier injured in heavy landing .  5+ POB

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05-Jun-13 Kaman K-Max Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Helicopter was delivering cargo to a predetermined location without the input of a UAV pilot.

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21-Apr-13 Mil Mi-8T Azr district, Afghanistan

Emergency landing off airfield.  12 occupants (2x USA, 7x Turkish, 1x Russian, 2x Afghan) captured by Taliban forces, who claim to have destroyed the helicopter, which may be one of YA-KHA/B/C/D/E

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09-Apr-12 Boeing AH-64 Pechigram district, Afghanistan (2F)

Two US soldiers killed in helicopter crash.  A press release from the Pennsylvania National Guard named the pair as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner, 34, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarett Yoder, 27.

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11-Mar-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Daman district, Afghanistan (5F)

Helicopter went down during rain storm

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14-Oct-12 Mil Mi-8 Yakawolang, Afghanistan

Emergency landing after developing mechanical problems in flight.  Some passengers with minor injuries

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05-Sep-12 Bell OH-58D Puli Alam, Afghanistan (2F)

“An ISAF helicopter has crashed in eastern Afghanistan, resulting in two ISAF fatalities. We are investigating,” a spokesman for NATO’s U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force said.  The two casualties were later named as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, of Houston, Texas, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas.

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30-Aug-12 Helmand province, Afghanistan (2F)

Two Australian special forces officers were killed when their helicopter crashed in Helmand Province. The pair were named in Australian press as Private Nathanael Galagher and Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald.   Initial reporting indicates there was no insurgent action in the area at the time of the incident which could be related to the crash.

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28-Aug-12 Boeing CH-47 Afghanistan

Attempting to land in the regional command-east section of Afghanistan when the “non-hostile incident” occurred.

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21-Aug-12 Bagram, Afghanistan

Damaged on the ground by “indirect fire round”

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16-Aug-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Shah Wali Kot, Afghanistan (11F)

Helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing seven Americans and four Afghans

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22-Jun-12 Boeing CH-47 Kandahar province, Afghanistan

Helicopter damaged, although extent of damage not stated.  One occupant injured.

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21-Jun-12 157135 Sikorsky CH-53D Sarabagh, Afghanistan

Forced landing, and caught fire.  No fatalities

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06-Jun-12 Bell OH-58D Qarah Bagh, Afghanistan (2F)

Two International Security Assistance Force service members died following a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan, military officials reported.  The pair were later named as Capt. Scott P. Pace, 33, of Brawley, California  and Lt. Mathew G. Fazzari, 25, of Walla Walla, Washington.  This report states they took fire from insurgents

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28-May-12 Boeing AH-64D Wardack Province, Afghanistan (2F)

NATO officials said two coalition members were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan Monday. Initial reports said there was no enemy activity in the area.  Two named as Capt. John R. Brainard, 26, of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine; and Chief Warrant Officer 5 John C. Pratt, 51, of Springfield, Va., were assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach-Katterbach, Germany

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28-May-12 Eastern Afghanistan

An ISAF helicopter crashed during routine operations in eastern Afghanistan today, no fatalities reported.  NOTE – there was a second accident in the same region on the same day which was fatal – see here

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19-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Helmand Province, Afghanistan (4F)

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed Thursday in southern Afghanistan, killing all four POB.  Weather was apparently a factor.  Fatalities named as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas Johnson, 27, San Diego; Spc. Dean Shaffer, 23, Pekin, Ill.; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don Viray, 25, Waipahu, Hawaii; and Spc. Chris Workman, 33, Boise, Idaho.

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12-Apr-12 eastern Afghanistan

An ISAF helicopter made a hard landing in eastern Afghanistan.  ISAF is still in the process of assessing the circumstances to determine more facts; however, initial reporting indicates that there was no enemy activity in the area. All crew members have recovered with no reported fatalities and the site of the incident is secure.

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06-Apr-12 MQ-8B northern Afghanistan

MQ-8B operating in northern Afghanistan crashed while conducting a routine surveillance mission in support of Regional Command North.

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11-Feb-12 EY-106 Mil Mi-8 Zabul Province, Afghanistan (4F)

Operated by Central Asian Aviation Services on behalf of logistics company Supreme Group.  4 fatalities were nationals of Tajikistan, including the son of the deputy defense minister, and helicopter was registered there.

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06-Feb-12 Eastern Afghanistan

An International Security Assistance Force helicopter crew survived after their aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan.  The crew members have been safely recovered and moved to a nearby base, officials said. The site has been secured and initial reports indicate there was no enemy activity in the area.

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19-Jan-12 Sikorsky CH-53D Helmand Province, Afghanistan (6F)

The ceceased were named as Capt. Daniel Bartle, 27, of Ferndale, WA; Capt. Nathan McHone, 29, of Crystal Lake, IL; Master Sgt. Travis Riddick, 40, of Centerville, IA; Cpl. Jesse Stites, 23, of North Beach, MD; Cpl. Kevin Reinhard, 25, of Colonia, NJ; and Cpl. Joseph Logan, 22, of Willis, TX

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16-Jan-12 N5748M Bell 214ST Nadi-Ali, Afghanistan (3F)

Helicopter of AAR Airlift crashed while operating for US Dept of Defense.  3 fatalities.  Type/registration not known at this time.

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29-Dec-11 Sar-e-Pul province, Afghanistan

The aircraft experienced mechanical problems and the crew made a precautionary landing in accordance with standard emergency procedures.  The crew was recovered unharmed and the aircraft was recovered to a local Forward Operating Base without incident.

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23-Dec-11 Nahr-e Saraj, Afghanistan

Helicopter took gunfire from Taliban.  No injuries.  More local news is suggesting it was shot down with all killed.

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24-Nov-11 Eastern Afghanistan

An ISAF helicopter made a precautionary landing in eastern Afghanistan, Nov. 24. ISAF is still in the process of assessing the circumstances to determine more facts; however, initial reporting indicates that there was no enemy activity in the area. All crew members have recovered with no reported injuries. When the assessment is completed, details will be released as appropriate.

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14-Oct-11 Boeing CH-47 southern Afghanistan

A maintenance team conducted an initial assessment and it appears that the forced landing was the result of a mechanical issue. No insurgent activity was reported during the landing.

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28-Sep-11 Bell AH-1W Helmand Province, Afghanistan (1F)

First Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli, died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269, Marine Air Group 29, 2nd Marine Air Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, MCAS New River, N.C.

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08-Aug-11 Zarmat, Afghanistan

Hard landing

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06-Aug-11 Boeing CH-47D Wardak Province, Afghanistan (38F)

30 members of the US military, a civilian interpreter and 7 Afghan soldiers died.  Initial reports suggest it was shot down by Taliban forces

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25-Jul-11 Boeing CH-47 eastern Afghanistan

ISAF helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan – reported by some as a Chinook hit by an RPG.  As coalition rescue forces approached the crash site, they came under enemy fire. Coalition forces returned fire, with small arms, while working to secure the site of the crash. All passengers and crew members have been secured and safely transported to a nearby base.

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07-Jul-11 Parwan Province, Afghanistan

A NATO helicopter crashed Thursday in eastern Afghanistan but no one was hurt, the U.S.-led coalition said. The crew was recovered after the crash, which occurred in Parwan province.

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07-Jul-11 Boeing MV-22 southwestern Afghanistan (1F)

Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Dudley fell to his death from an MV-22 Osprey while conducting combat operations in southwestern Afghanistan

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23-Jun-11 Zabul province, Afghanistan

An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter crashed in south Afghanistan on Thursday, a press release from the NATO-led ISAF said on Friday.  Given the location of troops, it was likely a US Military helicopter

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15-Jun-11 707 Mil Mi-171 Mandapul, Afghanistan

Helicopter ended up on its port side with the tail boom broken

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12-Jun-11 Mil Mi-24 Ghazni Province, Afghanistan

Landing accident with 4 POB – no injuries and only light damage to the helicopter.

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10-Jun-11 Eurocopter SA342M Bagram, Afghanistan (1F)

The pilot of a French Army Gazelle died when his helicopter crashed in poor weather conditions.  Victim later named as Lieutenant Matthew Gaudin, 37

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05-Jun-11 Bell OH-58D Sabari District, Afghanistan (2F)

A NATO spokesman in eastern Afghanistan said the helicopter in Sunday’s crash went down in the Sabari District of Khost Province, a mountainous area near the Pakistan border, where insurgent activity has been among the heaviest this spring.  Deceased later named as Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth R. White, 35, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Chief Warrant Officer Bradley J. Gaudet, 31, of Gladewater, Texas

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30-May-11 Boeing CH-47D Tarin Kot, Afghanistan (1F)

An Australian Army Officer (later named as Marcus Case) was killed when an Australian Chinook Helicopter crashed while undertaking a re-supply mission in Zabul Province.

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26-May-11 Paktika Province, Afghanistan (1F)

Fort Hood Chief Warrant Officer Christopher R. Thibodeau, 28, of Chesterland, Ohio, died in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of injuries he suffered when his helicopter crashed during combat operations, the military said. Thibodeau was assigned to Fort Hood’s 1st Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade.

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16-May-11 147205 Boeing CH-47 Panjwaii district, Afghanistan

Four Canadian soldiers were injured, one of them seriously, when a Chinook helicopter crashed on landing under moonlight in a remote part of Panjwaii district in southern Afghanistan early Monday morning

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13-May-11 Sangin District, Afghanistan

A medical evacuation helicopter, marked with the universally recognized Red Cross symbol, came under attack by insurgents yesterday while medical providers attempted to recover a wounded service member in Sangin District, Helmand province.

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11-May-11 209 Mil Mi-17 Paroon, Afghanistan

Crashed into a tree in Paroon, Nuristan, while four helicopters were landing inside a compound of National Directorate of Security, Nuristan governor Jamaluddin Badr said

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23-Apr-11 Bell OH-58D Kapisa province, Afghanistan (1F)

The Kapisa deputy provincial governor Aziz Ul Rahman said that the helicopter had hit a cable.  Fatality later named as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Terry L. Varnadore II, 29, of Arden, N.C

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05-Feb-11 Eurocopter Tiger Lateh Band, Afghanistan

An ISAF helicopter has crashed in Afghanistan’s eastern district of Lateh Band, 30 miles east of Kabul.  Two pilots were slightly injured

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26-Jan-11 Mil Mi-24 Ghazni, Afghanistan

NATO says a coalition helicopter has landed on its side after experiencing mechanical trouble during takeoff from a military base in eastern Afghanistan.  No injuries.  Report from Poland quotes that “the helicopter was spinning on its axis” and fell to the ground, sustaining heavy damage.

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23-Oct-10 Paktika province, Afghanistan

Tailban claim it was shot down, ISAF deny and say mechanical failure

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12-Oct-10 Boeing CH-47 eastern Afghanistan (1F)

An explosion onboard a NATO helicopter has killed one person and wounded seven shortly after it landed at an outpost in eastern Afghanistan.

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21-Sep-10 93-26517 Sikorsky UH-60 Zabul Province, Afghanistan (9F)

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19-Aug-10 (Serial/Type TBA) Kandahar province, Afghanistan

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10-Aug-10 Boeing CH-47 Nahr-e Saraj, Afghanistan (1F)

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05-Aug-10 (Serial TBA) Boeing CH-47 Armarah, Afghanistan

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22-Jul-10 (Serial/Type TBA) Southern Afghanistan (2F)

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23-Jun-10 (Serial TBA) AgustaWestland AW101 Lashkar Gar, Afghanistan

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21-Jun-10 Sikorsky UH-60 Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan (4F)

Privates Tim Aplin, Ben Chuck and Scott Palmer from the Special Operations Task Group were killed and seven injured when a coalition helicopter crashed. A NATO soldier also lost his life in the incident which occurred at 3.39am Afghanistan time.  Initial reports quoted location as “Northern Kandahar” and later reports as “Uruzgan Province”

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09-Jun-10 (Serial TBA) Sikorsky UH-60 Sangin, Afghanistan (5F)

4 fatalities in the accident, 5th died later as a result of injuries (report)

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30-May-10 (Serial TBA) Mil Mi-8 Jaji district, Afghanistan (1F)

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21-May-10 (Serial TBA) Sea King Nad Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

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10-May-10 (Serial TBA) Sikorsky MH-60 Nangazi, Afghanistan

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03-May-10 (Reg/Type TBA) Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

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25-Apr-10 (Reg TBA) Bell B214 Farah Province, Afghanistan

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08-Apr-10 (Serial TBA) Boeing CV-22 Qalat City, Zabul province, Afghanistan (4F)

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29-Mar-10 (Serial TBA) Sikorsky UH-60 Zabul Province, Afghanistan

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24-Mar-10 (Serial TBA) Mil Mi-8 Kunduz City, Afghanistan

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