Tue, May 31, 2005
The Italian Army lost a helicopter, to unknown causes, some time
Tuesday. Four persons on board were reported to have been
The AB-412 helicopter (file photo, above) crashed about 8
miles southeast of Nasiriya, the southern Iraqi city where most of
Italy's 3,000 coalition troops are based. Italy's military
contribution to the ongoing coalition is the fourth largest in
Iraq, with only the United States, Britain and South Korea having
fielded larger forces.
The AB412 is a medium transport helicopter designed for search
and rescue, emergency medical support, law enforcement, maritime
surveillance and transport missions. The AB412 is a multi-engine
Pratt & Whitney PT6T-3D powered helo certified for single pilot
The helo was reportedly returning from Kuwait's International
airport, had stopped to refuel at Kuwait's Camp Buehring, and was
lost soon after its departure.
A rescue team was dispatched, finding the remains of the
aircraft near Iraq's Tallill air base, near Nasiriya. An
investigation is underway.
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