WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - The United States and the United Nations expressed their sorrow and condolences over the helicopter crash in Gilgit-Baltistan on Friday that resulted in seven deaths, including two foreign Ambassadors.

A State Department spokesperson said that no American Embassy personnel or US citizens were affected in the incident in the Naltar Valley, which claimed the lives of the Ambassador of the Philippines, Domingo Lucenario Jr and the Ambassador of Norway, Leif Larsen.

At the same time, Jeff Rathke, Acting Deputy spokesperson, said there was no reason to doubt the Pakistani conclusion that the crash happened due to a technical fault.

“We extend our condolences to those killed and injured, and the families of those killed and injured in this accident. Our thoughts are with the diplomatic community in Pakistan. I’d also highlight no American Embassy personnel or US citizens were affected,” he said.

“On the question of what happened, I believe the PAF has already said something about this. They described it as a technical fault that they believe was responsible.

So I’d certainly refer you back to them for their investigation and the details,” he said when asked about the US understanding of the crash.

“We don’t have reason to doubt what they’ve said. We refer you to them for their investigation,” he added.

Questioned about Washington’s stand about the TTP claim of responsibility for the crash, the spokesperson said : “We have no reason to doubt what the Pakistani authorities have said.  But of course, it’s just happened so they’re investigating.”

In New York, a UN spokesman said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s was “saddened” to learn of the crash.

“He wishes to extend his condolences to the families,” the spokesman said.