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Afghanistan: NATO helicopter makes 'hard landing'

Taliban identify aircraft as American Chinook

Jul. 12, 2013 - 11:17AM   |  
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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — The NATO-led coalition says one of its helicopters made a “hard landing” in northern Afghanistan but that there were no injuries.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed militants had fired on an American Chinook transport helicopter in Baghlan province overnight.

But coalition spokesman Capt. Luca Carniel said on Friday that there was no report of insurgent activity in the area at the time of the incident.

Afghan provincial police chief Assadullah Shirzad said the helicopter made an emergency landing but then flew back to its base on its own.

Carniel said the coalition is investigating the incident to determine the cause of the “hard landing” — a term that can mean anything from a crash to an emergency landing.

He said the “aircraft has been recovered.”

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