NATO: British fighter jet crashes at Afghan base

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  1. bhramos

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    NATO: British fighter jet crashes at Afghan base

    KABUL – A British fighter jet crashed inside NATO's largest base in southern Afghanistan on Monday in the second major crash there in two days. Fourteen Afghan civilians died in two other incidents, including three killed when German troops opened fire on their pickup truck, Afghan officials said.
    The Royal Air Force GR4 Tornado crashed inside Kandahar Airfield during takeoff at 7:20 a.m., said Capt. Ruben Hoornveld, a spokesman for the NATO-led force. The crew's two members ejected and were being treated for unspecified injuries at the base hospital.
    The Tornado is the fourth aircraft to go down in Afghanistan in three days and the sixth this month. Military officials say there doesn't appear to be a common reason for the spate of crashes beyond coincidence.
    There was no indication that insurgent activity caused the latest crash, Hoornveld said, but officials could not immediately say why the plane went down. The jet caught fire and emergency personnel responded.
    In the northern province of Kunduz, meanwhile, German forces killed three Afghan civilians Sunday when they opened fire on a pickup truck they suspected contained Taliban fighters, said provincial governor Mohammad Omar.
    The German army said two civilians were killed and two seriously wounded and that the forces opened fire because the vehicle was approaching at high speed and ignored warning shots. It wasn't clear why the death tolls differed.
    German and Afghan forces were conducting an operation Sunday in the Chahar Dara district when they observed two Taliban fighters entering a minivan, Omar said. When the minivan later drove toward the German forces, they opened fire, he said, but it appears the Taliban may have exited the vehicle, Omar said.
    In the west, in Farah province, a van full of civilians hit a roadside bomb Sunday, killing 11 people on board, including a child and his mother, said Mohammad Younis Rasouli, the deputy governor.
    A British soldier was killed by an explosion Sunday while on a foot patrol in the Sangin region of Helmand province, the British Ministry of Defense said Monday. At least 16 British troops have died in Afghanistan in July, a death toll that has sparked an outcry in Britain over a shortage of helicopters and other equipment for troops.
    Monday's crash of the British Tornado at Kandahar Airfield came a day after a Russian-owned civilian Mi-8 helicopter crashed at the same base, killing 16 people on board.
    Hoornveld called the two Kandahar crashes "coincidence."
    Two aircraft also went down Saturday. A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet crashed in central Afghanistan, killing two crew members. U.S. officials say insurgent fire did not bring down the plane. A U.S. helicopter also made what the military calls a "hard landing" the same day. Several troops were injured.
    Taliban militants downed a civilian Mi-6 transport helicopter last Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, killing six Ukrainian civilians on board and an Afghan child on the ground. Earlier in July, two Canadian soldiers and one British trooper were killed in a helicopter crash in Kabul. Officials said the crash did not appear to be caused by hostile fire.
    A U.S. military spokeswoman in Kabul, Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, said she has not heard anything to suggest a common thread tying the rash of crashes together. The types of aircraft involved have been different, and some crashes have been military and others civilian, she said.
    "I don't think they're related," she said. "There really hasn't been a lot of similarity between the events except they all happen to be aircraft. In most cases it has not been the result of enemy activity; it has been mechanical problems or other issues."
    Last year at this time there were only about 30,000 U.S. troops in the country. Today there is double that, and many more U.S. aircraft. Two of the six recent incidents involved American aircraft.

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  3. ZOOM

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    Sometimes back also one of their Harriar Jump jet was crashed while taking off.
     
  4. bhramos

    bhramos Elite Member Elite Member

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    why r these many acciedents goin on?
    wats the main problem?
    like spares, weather , terrian etc?
     
  5. LETHALFORCE

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    one helicopter and one plane went down more than coincidence??
     
  6. K Factor

    K Factor A Concerned Indian Senior Member

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    Make that 3

    US fighter jet crashes in Afghanistan; 2 crew dead

    By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press Writer Rahim Faiez, Associated Press Writer – Sat Jul 18, 11:27 am ET

    KABUL – A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet crashed early Saturday in central Afghanistan, killing the two crew members, the U.S. military said.

    Also Saturday, a suicide driver blew up his explosive-laden vehicle next to an Afghan army convoy in Zabul province, killing three soldiers and wounding three others, Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi said.

    A statement by the Air Force Central Command said the crash was not due to hostile fire, and a board of officers would be convened to determine the cause. Names of the crew members were not released. Their deaths bring to 50 the number of international service members killed in Afghanistan in July — already the deadliest month of the war for NATO forces.

    No fighter jets have crashed in Afghanistan in years. Militants are able to shoot down helicopters with rockets, but are not known to have the anti-aircraft weaponry necessary to bring down a high-flying jet.

    The U.S. statement did not say where the crash happened. But Afghan authorities said the plane went down in the Nawur district of Ghazni province in central Afghanistan — a peaceful area populated by the ethnic Hazara minority.

    Mohammed Qasim Naziri, the deputy district chief, said the crash site was between two villages in a desert surrounded by mountains about 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of the town of Nawur.

    He said local people notified police of the crash but by the time authorities reached the site U.S. troops had surrounded the area and barred Afghan authorities from approaching the wreckage.

    Elsewhere, the U.S. Air Force said F-15Es and B-1B bombers dropped numerous guided bombs on Taliban positions in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province on Friday. U.S. Air Force A-10s and F-15Es also bombed and strafed insurgents Friday in Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan, the Air Force statement said.

    In Nangarhar province, a gunfight broke out Friday between Taliban fighters and local civilians after militants fired at an Afghan army officer who had come to visit his relatives, local official Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said.

    Abdulzai said three militants and two civilians were killed and one civilian was missing. Eleven militants were captured, eight of them Pakistanis, and were handed over to police in Jalalabad on Saturday, he said.


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  7. Neil

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    Nato helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, killing two

    A Nato helicopter has crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing two military personnel, the allied forces say.

    The victims are members of Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).

    The Taliban claimed they shot the helicopter down, but an Isaf spokesman in Kabul said the cause of the crash was still under investigation.

    Allied helicopter crashes are relatively rare in Afghanistan.

    A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, told the Associated Press their fighters hit the helicopter, which went down near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.

    In October last year, 14 US soldiers were killed in two separate helicopter crashes.

    The Taliban have also occasionally shot down Nato and US helicopters.

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  8. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    There are so many reasons why an aircraft crashes.

    One has to await the C of I before one can pinpoint the cause.

    In war time such accidents are but to happen since there is pressure mentally and physically on all concerned and though trained, there can always be errors.

    In hostile areas ECM and ECCM measures are adopted.
     

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