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16 ARE KILLED IN CRASH OF U.S. MILITARY COPTER

A U.S. military helicopter crashed in bad weather today in southeast Afghanistan, killing 16 people, including four American crew members. It was the deadliest military crash since the U.S.-led offensive began in 2001.

A police official said all the dead appeared to be American. Two others were listed as missing.

The CH-47 Chinook crashed near Ghazni city, 80 miles southwest of the capital, Kabul, as it returned from a mission in the militant-plagued south. It was flying to the main American base at Bagram, north of Kabul, when controllers lost radio contact.

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