Five NATO Troops Die In Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

Five NATO troops are dead after a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan Saturday.

The BBC reports the helicopter is likely a Lynx model, which has an "exceptional record." The crash is still under investigation. A defense analyst says the helicopter was likely flying in a mountainous area when it went down.

The Guardian notes the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense has confirmed the helicopter was from the U.K., though the ministry has not revealed the nationalities of the people on board.

The ministry said it would not give any more information about the incident until the families of those killed in Saturday's crash were notified. A spokesman with the police chief's office in Kandahar says the helicopter was on a "training flight" at the time of the crash. (Via The Telegraph)

The Telegraph also points out the crash makes Saturday the deadliest day so far this year for foreign troops in Afghanistan.

The Washington Post notes it's the deadliest helicopter incident in Afghanistan since December. That's when the Taliban claimed it was responsible for shooting down a Blackhawk helicopter — killing six U.S. troops on board.

The U.K. Ministry of Defense says it doesn't believe the helicopter was shot down in Saturday's crash.

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