Sun, May 28, 2006
A U.S. Marine Corps
AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing crashed
Saturday in Iraq's Anbar province with two Marines on board during
a maintenance test flight, U.S. military officials said.
Search-and-rescue efforts are ongoing for the missing
"We are using all the resources available to find our missing
comrades," Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Salas said.
The incident is under investigation. However officials said it
does not appear to be a result of enemy action.
According to sources at the 3rd MAW, the wing is equippd with
AH-1W Super Cobras. The AH-1W Super Cobra is a day/night marginal
weather Marine Corps attack helicopter that provides enroute escort
for USMC assault helicopters and their embarked forces.
The AH-1W is a two-place, tandem-seat, twin-engine helicopter
capable of land- or sea-based operations. The AH-1W provides fire
support and fire support coordination to the landing force during
amphibious assaults and subsequent operations ashore.
The AH-1W is operated in eight composite HMLA squadrons composed
of 18 AH-1 and 9 UH-1 aircraft. The AH-1W is currently being
outfitted with a Night Targeting System/Forward Looking Infrared
Radar that provides laser rangefinding/designating and camera
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