Dutch team identifies Afghan crash victims

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3 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Twelve people and not 16 as originally reported died in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week, Dutch experts have revealed.

3 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Twelve people and not 16 as originally reported died in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week, Dutch experts have revealed.

The victims were two Dutch military personnel, four Afghans, three Americans, two South Africans and a Turk. The civil helicopter in which they were travelling had been hired by the multinational military force in Afghanistan.

The craft crashed in a mountainous region in Paktia province during bad weather conditions last week. None of the occupants survived.

Their remains were positively identified by a unit of RIT (disaster identification team). The RIT is made up of experts drawn from the national police service and is best known for helping to identify hundreds of victims of the Asian tsunami.

Nine members of the team were sent to Afghanistan as the other countries involved accepted the Dutch offer to identify the bodies of the crash victims.

The Dutch Defence Ministry has put together a small commission to investigate the accident.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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