- The Washington Times - Monday, March 24, 2003

ASSOCIATED PRESS
A U.S. Air Force helicopter crashed in Afghanistan yesterday, killing all six persons on board, the military said.
The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter was on a medical evacuation mission when it crashed at about 11:20 a.m. EST, about 18 miles north of Ghazni, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.
The helicopter was not shot down, the statement said.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The Central Command statement did not say whether the medical emergency was in connection with Operation Valiant Strike, a mission involving members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in southeastern Afghanistan.
That mission, which began earlier this month, is meant to root out remnants of al Qaeda and the Taliban believed to be operating in the area.
The last helicopter crash in Afghanistan was Jan. 30, when an Army Black Hawk went down on a training mission near Bagram air base, killing four persons.

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