Wed, Aug 22, 2007
Fourteen Soldiers Lost In Apparent Accident
A US Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down north of Baghdad
early Wednesday, killing the 14 soldiers onboard.
"Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were on a night operation when
one of the aircraft crashed," the US military said. "Initial
indications are that the aircraft experienced a mechanical
malfunction. There were no indications of hostile fire."
CNN reports all onboard the stricken Black Hawk were members of
the Army's Task Force Lightning, and included four crew members and
10 passengers. The Army is investigating the crash.
The apparent accident is the latest in a string of US helicopter
crashes in Iraq. The Brookings Institute reports 67 helicopters
have crashed since the war began in May 2003; enemy fire is
believed responsible for 36 of those downings.
As ANN reported last week,
five soldiers were lost when their CH-47 Chinook crashed near
Fallujah during a routine maintenance flight.
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