Tributes paid to servicemen killed in helicopter crash

Family and colleagues have paid tribute to the five servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence has now released the names of the men, the youngest of whom was 26 years old.

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Commander: Crash appears to be 'tragic accident'

A helicopter commander has said that a helicopter crash in Afghanistan which killed five service personnel 'would appear to have been a tragic accident'.

Commander Joint Helicopter Command, Major General Richard Felton, said: “It is with great sadness that we must confirm that five UK Service personnel have been killed in this incident which, at this early stage, would appear to have been a tragic accident.

"Events like this, whilst mercifully rare, remind us of the risks our personnel face in their work in Afghanistan as we approach the conclusion of the combat mission later this year. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives.”

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