September 22nd, 2010
01:29 PM ET

5 Afghanistan helicopter crash victims from Kentucky brigade

Five of the nine U.S. military members killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan this week were from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, according to a statement from the base Wednesday.

Families of the five soldiers have been notified, but the names have not yet been released by the military, the statement said.

The crash occurred Tuesday in the Daychopan district of Zabul province, one of several turbulent southern regions where coalition and Afghan troops have been battling the tenacious militant group for years. The cause of the crash remains unknown.

"There are no reports of enemy fire at the time the aircraft went down," NATO's International Security Assistance Force told CNN on Tuesday.

Along with the nine U.S. military members killed, two other service
members, as well as an Afghan National Army soldier and an American civilian, were injured in the crash. They were taken to a NATO medical facility.

In the first public acknowledgement of U.S. troop involvement in the
deadly crash, Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan confirmed earlier Wednesday
that nine U.S. service members were killed in the incident.

A CNN tally brings the number of coalition troop fatalities so far this
year to 526, including 350 Americans, surpassing the previous highs - 516 coalition troop deaths, including 313 Americans - in 2009.

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  1. RSAT4

    Hey Americans who is next after Afganistan. is my country(South Africa) on the line as well

    September 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RSAT4

    Hey Americans who is next after Afganistan. is my country on the line as well

    September 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RSAT4

    I hate war. Hey Americans why do you like war this.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. vallejo23

    its not all bushes fault the congress approved the war and its the voters fault for putting George back in the office again. but Obama is trying to finish the crap that bush made why help the Arabs if they don't want are help. let them fight there own war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LarryKegel(US Army)

    That is exactly what we are trying to do!!!

    September 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill C

    Sadie, was the pilot Rob B?

    September 23, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. jonae

    I Think Andy Is Right !

    September 23, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. mindy1

    RIP and thanks for serving 🙁

    September 23, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Karaboo

    Maybe a pork roast cooked at 360 degrees?

    September 23, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Karaboo

    350 degrees like the wheels on the bus...

    September 23, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. hagi

    I know your mother by filth of your bloodline

    September 22, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hagi

    The filth of the ones who created you are the same filth that created them. Your delusion is your reward for you ancestral filth

    September 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hagi

    I am the truth at knowing you and there is no escape. You are what you are and the abyss awaits your tainted bloodline. Your filth is oblivious to anything divine and your chasing the dogs ass

    September 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Catie

    may God bless these grieving families. Let us always remember. America lost a lot today.

    September 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Catie, They did not die. They Sacrificed their lives. They knew their mission. We feel sad as we are not that brave or too old to be there. Thousand are living from their brave act.God will never forget that. We miss them here ..yet we will meet them again there one day.

      September 23, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sherri

    What is pot head man gods pretending to be Gods chosen. You make no sense.

    September 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      you too are .......because Jesus has said you are measured in the same way just like you do to others.

      September 23, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      What is this 180 and 360 degrees when ever your trying to make a point???

      September 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Then only tell the truth!!!

      September 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Sherri

    If you don't like America get the heck out you sorry sob. Look at what the muslims did to our World Trade Center.

    September 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      It wasn't all the Muslin that did the Twin Towers!!! Why do You think We are going after those that did??? It was Bush that started a war We didn't need not Obama!!! He is just trying to get us out so We won't have to go back in again...

      September 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sherri

    First of all why are we in Afghanistan? They will never find Bin Laden. My husband was in the Army for 22 years. Is Obama enjoying watching the muslims kill the Americans since that is what he is. I will never forget the day he was elected president and certain people came in and said we did it. Wake up people he is not the first black president. He is mixed and Genereal Powell would have did a much better job. Even African Americans are starting to question Obama. Once a Muslim always a muslim.

    September 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Momma

    My stepson is a soldier from Fort Campbell just recently sent to Afghanistan..... Nobody has come or called. I hope and pray it is not word about him everything the bell or phone rangs. God Bless these soldiers' families. God speed and Bless each of the soldiers. We hope and pray for them to return home.

    September 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      To Momma, Praying and praising !!! with you. Please read..Isaiah 41:10-13 and Isaiah 35:4,Isaiah 43:1-2, Isaiah 44:26 please read them loud . you will feel strong !!

      September 23, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  19. ty a soldier..i was on a mission to take fuel for the choppers that were gaurding the crash site...they almost ran out at the fob. my unit got the emergency mission to push the fuel there so they could keep gaurding the site. the choppers were burning 2000 gallons an hour...and we delivered on time to keep the birds in the air. it is sad that our family has lost more members, they will not be forgotten.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Martina

    Oh my God, this is so bad and I feel with the familymembers! Iam so sad about this !!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We have to start checking the Repairs on them so that Accidents don't happen like this!!!

      September 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |