Thu, Mar 10, 2005
Investigation Rules Out Some Accidental Causes
A British C-130 that
crashed northwest of Baghdad in January may have been brought down
by a surface-to-air missile.
An interim report by Britain's Ministry of Defense suggests the
aircraft was not brought down by lightning, airframe fatigue or
some sort of mid-air collision. But the report does not rule out
downing by a SAM.
But if that's the case, investigators wonder, does it mean Iraqi
insurgents have a surface-to-air missile capable of shooting down
an aircraft flying above 15,000 feet?
Investigators suggest the aircraft may have been flying below
Shortly after the C130 (file photo of type, above) went down,
taking ten British military men to their deaths, the Iraqi rebel
group Ansar al-Islam distributed a videotape its members said
showed the aircraft being shot down. At the time, it was the UK
military's single biggest loss of life since the March, 2003
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