It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence must announce the death of two personnel from 230 and 33 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.
The deaths occurred in Kabul following an accident involving a UK Puma Mk 2 helicopter earlier today (Sunday 11 October 2015).
The helicopter crashed while landing at the Headquarters of Resolute Support: the NATO train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan. The incident is currently under investigation but we can confirm that it was an accident and not the result of insurgent activity.
The families of the two personnel who were killed have been informed and requested a period of grace before their names are released.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of the deceased at this extremely difficult time, as well as those other military personnel who were on board the aircraft during this tragic incident. This is a stark reminder that our brave Service Personnel continue to work night and day in a hostile and challenging environment.
This is a very sad time for the men and women of RAF Benson and UK personnel in Afghanistan. Although the UK’s combat mission has ended, the dedication and professionalism of our men and women is essential as we continue to support the Government of Afghanistan as they seek to build a peaceful and prosperous future for their country.