Laura King
The Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2009

Eleven U.S. troops and three American law-enforcement officials were killed in two separate helicopter crashes today, one of the war’s heaviest one-day losses for U.S. forces, military officials said.

The crashes involved a total of three choppers, two of which collided in midair in the south of the country, and a third that went down in the wake of a firefight in Afghanistan’s west, according to the NATO force and American officials.

Hostile fire was ruled out in the midair collision, which killed a total of four American troops and injured two others, but the cause of the other crash was not immediately clear.

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