Sun, Jan 08, 2006
Cause Not Yet Determined In Crash Near Syrian Border
In the latest sad news
of what has already been a dark weekend, comes word from Iraq an
Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter has gone down in a sparsely
populated area east of the northern city of Tall Afar.
The eight passengers and four crew onboard were killed, and
all were believed to be Americans.
It is not yet known what brought down the helicopter shortly
before midnight Saturday. The area where the incident occurred is
close to the Syrian border.
"The cause of the crash is under investigation and nothing has
been ruled out," Army Lt. Col. Edward Loomis, the spokesman for the
101st Airborne, said in an e-mailed response to questions. "Our
prayers are with the families of the aircraft crew and
The helicopter had been flying as part of a two-ship convoy
between bases in northern Iraq when communications were lost,
according to a US military statement.
Identities of those onboard the helicopter have not been
released. The Black Hawk had been flying as part of Task Force Band
of Brothers -- a unit largely made up of troops from the 101st
Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, KY.
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