Four NATO service personnel and one civilian have been killed following the crash of an RAF Puma HC.2 in Afghanistan. The two RAF pilots, Flight Lieutenants Geraint Roberts from North Wales and Alan Scott from London, were killed along with two US military personnel and one French contracted civilian when their aircraft crashed in Kabul.
According to the British Ministry of Defence the helicopter crashed while landing at the headquarters of Operation Resolute Support; the ongoing NATO mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Army. The incident is currently under investigation but the MoD insists that the incident was the result of an accident and not the result of insurgent activity. An Afghan security guard who witnessed the crash in Kabul reported that he saw the aircraft strike the cable of a security observation balloon tethered to the ground near the complex before crashing.