File photo of a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter. At least 14 Americans died Oct. 26, 2009 when three unknown types of U.S. military helicopters crashed in Afghanistan.

File photo of a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter. At least 14 Americans died Oct. 26, 2009 when three unknown types of U.S. military helicopters crashed in Afghanistan.

11 U.S. Troops, 3 Civilians Die in Separate Incidents; Victims Reportedly Include DEA Agents

Helicopter crashes killed 14 Americans on Monday in the deadliest day for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan in more than four years. The deaths came as President Barack Obama prepared to meet his national security team for a sixth full-scale conference on the future of the troubled war.

In the first crash, a helicopter went down in the west of the country after leaving the scene of a firefight with insurgents, killing 10 Americans – seven troops and three civilians working for the government. Eleven American troops, one U.S. civilian and 14 Afghans were also injured.

In a separate incident, two U.S. Marine helicoptersone UH-1 and an AH-1 Cobra – collided in flight before sunrise over the southern province of Helmand, killing four American troops and wounding two more, Marine spokesman Capt. Bill Pelletier said.

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