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NC native among 6 Americans killed in Afghanistan crash

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A source reveals a North Carolina native is one of the six Americans killed Tuesday in a helicopter crash.
   
It happened in southern Afghanistan.

Chris Bohler, a crew chief, is being identified as one of the victims.
    
The investigation continues, but it is expected the helicopter malfunctioned then crashed before being under possible enemy fire.
    
This year alone, over 100 military members have died in Afghanistan, but it's the lowest since 2009.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Six U.S. service members were killed Tuesday when a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, U.S. and NATO officials said.

One person on board the aircraft was injured and survived, two U.S. defense officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.

A statement issued by the NATO international military coalition said the crash was under investigation and that there was no insurgent activity in the area. In Washington, an official originally said the helicopter had experienced engine failure before the crash, but later said that it was unclear whether that was the case.

The deputy governor of southern Zabul province, Mohammad Jan Rasoolyar, said a NATO helicopter crashed in the remote district of Shajau and U.S. officials later confirmed that Zabul was the location of the U.S. crash.

This year, 109 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan, out of a total of 139 members of the coalition.

The death toll has dropped significantly since the coalition handed over responsibility for security to Afghan forces last summer and coalition troops are now training and assisting.

By comparison, 394 foreign troops died last year, including 297 Americans.

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Associated Press writers Patrick Quinn in Kabul and Mirwais Khan in Kandahar contributed to this report.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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