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Marines, Afghan Soldiers Conduct Clearing Operation Nightmare in Helmand Province(CNN) — Six U.S. troops were killed Tuesday in an aircraft crash in southern Afghanistan after what appears to be an engine failure, a U.S. defense official said. There was one survivor in the crash.

There was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash, according to NATO, and the U.S. defense official said early reports indicate the aircraft’s engine failed.

The troops were members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

The troops’ names have not been released. It is ISAF policy to allow national authorities to identify casualties.