Washington: The US State Department has said that it had no reason to doubt Pakistan’s claim that a helicopter crash which killed several people, including two ambassadors, was an accident.

Asked at a news briefing what was the US understanding of the crash, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said: “The Pakistani air force has already said something about this. They described it as a technical fault that they believe was responsible.”

Reminded of a claim by the banned TTP that it had brought down the helicopter, the spokesman said: “We have no reason to doubt what the Pakistani authorities have said.”

Extending condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the accident, Mr Rathke said: “Our thoughts are with the diplomatic community in Pakistan.”