KABUL — Six American troops died Tuesday when their helicopter crashed in a remote area of southern Afghanistan, in the single largest loss of life for foreign troops in nearly six months, international coalition officials said.
At least one survivor was rescued from the scene by a quick reaction force of US and Afghan troops, according to military officials, who also said that militants had been reported to be moving toward the site shortly after the crash.
But it was unclear whether there had been a firefight, and officials said they were investigating whether there was militant gunfire.
A Taliban spokesman said militants had shot down the Black Hawk transport. But military officials said that initial reports indicated that a mechanical failure was a factor. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.