It’s being reported that Thursday evening 6 Marines lost their life in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province. At the this time the cause of the crash is unknown and under investigation.
Reuters reported a spokesman for the NATO Forces said, “The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.” It is being speculated that pilot error or malfunction led to the crash.
NATO has not released the nationalities of the victims, but a U.S. official speaking anonymously said 6 of the victims were U.S. Marines. The request for more information was declined until the victims families could be notified.
The crash is the worst since a Taliban rocket propelled grenade hit a U.S. helicopter killing 22 Navy Seals and 8 Afghan soldiers last August.