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Chopper crash claims 2 more Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan


Jul 06, 2009 11:34 PM

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A helicopter crash possibly caused by mechanical failure claimed the lives of two Canadian soldiers on Monday, bringing Canada's death toll from the Afghanistan mission to four in as many days.

The crash of the Griffon helicopter at an American forward operating base in Zabul province, about 80 kilometres northeast of Kandahar city, killed Master Cpl. Pat Audet and Cpl. Martin Joannette along with a coalition soldier from another country.

Three other Canadians were hurt; two were able to return to duty, while the third was in stable condition. Sources said the two pilots survived.

"It has been an extremely difficult week here in Kandahar," Canadian commander Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance said early Tuesday.

"We all are feeling a great sense of loss."

While the exact cause of the crash was not immediately know


Added: Jul-7-2009 
By: tank2
Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: Canada, Afghanistan, helicopter crash
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