US soldier killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

  • Six other US crew members were injured when the chopper hit a tree during take-off after an emergency landing in Kharwar district of Logar province

KABUL – A US service member has died from wounds suffered during a helicopter crash in Afghanistan’s central Logar province on Friday evening.

Six other US crew members were injured in the crash, according to a statement released on Saturday from NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. All six injured personnel are now receiving medical treatment, the 1TVNews reported.

The soldier was identified as CW2 Jacob Sims, 36, who served in 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment flying MH-47G.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our comrade,” John Nicholson, RS commander 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.”

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According to provincial Afghan officials, the helicopter made an emergency landing and it hit a tree during take-off. It said that the incident happened following an operation in Kharwar district of the province.

Earlier, Taliban had claimed shooting down the aircraft.

The Logar province is located just south of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.