NATO soldier dies in Afghan chopper crash
A soldier with a NATO-led force in Afghanistan was killed when a helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing, the alliance said on Saturday, adding that militants had not brought the chopper down.world Updated: May 23, 2009 18:50 IST
A soldier with a NATO-led force in Afghanistan was killed when a helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing, the alliance said on Saturday, adding that militants had not brought the chopper down.
The International Security Assistance Force soldier was killed on Friday in the southern province of Uruzgan "as a result of a helicopter being forced to conduct an emergency landing," an ISAF statement said.
"The emergency landing was not caused by insurgent action," it added.
The multinational force of nearly 58,000 soldiers did not give the nationality of the trooper, leaving this to the home nation.
Many of the ISAF soldiers in Uruzgan are Australian or Dutch.
The cause of the crash was being investigated, the statement said.
It was the second ISAF fatality to be announced on Saturday with the British defence ministry saying earlier that one of its soldiers was killed on Friday when he was shot while on patrol in the southern province of Helmand.
Friday's deaths takes to 108 the number of international soldiers to lose their lives in Afghanistan this year, most of them in attacks, according to a toll maintained by the icasualties.org website.
First Published: May 23, 2009 18:48 IST