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Officials: 6 Americans killed in Afghanistan crash

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 17, 2013 at 9:33 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Six U.S. servicemen were killed Tuesday when a helicopter with engine trouble crashed in southern Afghanistan, U.S. and NATO officials said.

One person on board the aircraft was injured and survived, two U.S. defense officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.

A statement issued by the NATO International military coalition said the crash was under investigation and that there was no insurgent activity in the area. In Washington, an official said they were specifically investigating the cause of "the engine failure."

The deputy governor of southern Zabul province, Mohammad Jan Rasoolyar, said a NATO helicopter crashed in the remote district of Shajau and U.S. officials later confirmed that Zabul was the location of the U.S. crash.

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