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Three killed in Balkh chopper crash

AT-KABUL: Three people including a foreign national were killed on board after a helicopter crashed Sunday in the premises of army’s 209 Shaheen corps in the northern province of Balkh province, officials at the military corps confirmed.

“A US contracted helicopter crashed after taking off inside the premises of the Shaheen corps that resulted the death of three people on board,” said Shaheen Corps spokesman Hanif Rezaie. One of the dead was a foreign pilot, according to Rezaie, who did not disclose his identity and nationality. The two Afghans were police officers, Rezaie added.

He said that three others were wounded in the incident.

The helicopter faced technical problems during takeoff at 10-15 meter heights, and crashed and caught fire, according to the spokesman.

Three wounded people were also included one foreigner and two Afghan security forces.

He said that rescue team rushed to the area and rescued seven other on board of the helicopter.

He said that the chopper was taking off to Faryab, when the incident happened.

The helicopter belonged to a company was US contractor helicopter, which some time transferred Afghan security equipments and personnel, he mentioned.

He said that totally 13 people including pilot were on board in the chopper, where seven other were rescued by rescue team.

The wounded people are under treatment in army corps regional hospital and their health condition reported well, he elaborated.

The chopper returned from the German-led Marmol Camp to Shaheen military Camp, he underlined.

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