14 British Troops Die in NATO Aircraft Crash in Afghanistan I hate to read about aircraft crashes. It seems such a waste. it’s not the way a soldier should die. But it does happen. I suppose if you compare how many missions are flown all over the world the number of crashes are relatively low. It’s also sad as the loss of British troops feels like our own. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Brits on occasion and have always enjoyed the time.
This reminds me of 2003 when an ISAF helocopter went down in Kabul. I watched it come down and was on the scene pretty quick. There wasn’t anything anyone could do. I remember our commo guy and myself helping British soldiers that day secure the road from Kabul to Bagram. Flares from the aircraft were going off and rescue attempts weren’t even possible for a time. In War and peace aircraft are one our greatest assests but when they fail or are shot down it’s always tragic.