TODAY   |  March 12, 2013

Helicopter crash kills 5 US soldiers in Afghanistan

A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan on Monday night killed five US soldiers, not long after two servicemen were gunned down in an earlier attack in eastern Afghanistan, making yesterday the deadliest day for US forces so far this year. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.

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>> following breaking news from afghanistan. a black hawk helicopter went down near kandahar city . reports are everyone on board was killed.

>> the cause of the crash is under investigation. we want to get straight to mike taibbi in kabul this morning. mike, what can you tell us?

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. it's been raining off and on all day here. it was raining heavily in kandahar province last night about 300 miles southwest of kabul when the black hawk helicopter went down with five crew members aboard. all five american service members were killed. a coalition spokesman said there was no hint of enemy activity at the time of the incident. the taliban have not claimed credit for the deaths as has been in case in the past. add it to the two deaths of u.s. special forces troops earlier in the day in a so-called insider attack and the events yesterday made yesterday the single worst day of the year in terms of american losses. this accident, as you say, is under investigation now. the five deaths bring to 12 the total number of american deaths in afghanistan this year. savannah?