March 20, 2015 12:36 pm

Pilots blamed for Canadian chopper crash in Afghanistan 4 years ago

A Canadian soldier examines the wreckage of a Chinook minutes after it crashed on landing under moonlight in a remote part of Panjwaii district in southern Afghanistan on Monday, May 16, 2011.

Colin Perkel/The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A Canadian Forces helicopter crash in Afghanistan almost four years ago was the result of pilot error.

An investigation report released today says the crew used inadequate landing procedures.

The incident in a remote area of Panjwaii district occurred as the Chinook with 31 people aboard tried to land in darkness.

The report says one soldier was seriously hurt and eight others had minor injuries.

The crash forced a halt to what was one of Canada’s last combat missions in Afghanistan.

The Chinook helicopter was destroyed.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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