Two American Service Members Killed in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

Two U.S. service members were killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday in Afghanistan, Newsweek has learned.

In a brief statement provided to Newsweek from U.S. Forces Afghanistan press operations, Defense Department officials did not identify either service member pending family notification.

The statement said the cause of the crash is under investigation, however, preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.

A Defense Department source who spoke to Newsweek under condition of anonymity due to Pentagon media regulations said the pilots of an AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter were killed when their rotary blade clipped the peak of a mountain ridge in Logar Province, located in eastern Afghanistan.

These are the first American deaths in Afghanistan since mid-September when U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jeremy W. Griffin, 41, was killed in action by small arms fire during combat operations in Wardak Province, located in central Afghanistan.

More than 2,400 U.S. service members have died in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led coalition invaded in October 2001 to oust the Taliban and dismantle al-Qaeda following the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

This is a developing story and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.

AH-64 helicopter
An AH-64 Apache soars through the sky here in Afghanistan providing mission essential aviation support for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support. Capt. Roxana Thompson/Defense Visual Information Distribution Service