SEATTLE — One of the six Marines killed in a U.S. helicopter crash in Afghanistan this past week has been identified as a 27-year-old man from Ferndale.
The Department of Defense says Capt. Daniel B. Bartle was one of six who were aboard the CH-53D helicopter that crashed Thursday in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand.
The Marines were based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
The cause of the latest crash is still being investigated, but a statement issued by the NATO international military coalition said there was no enemy activity in the area when it happened.
Thursday’s crash was the deadliest in Afghanistan since August, when 30 American troops died after a Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down in Wardak province in the center of the country.