Thu, Sep 18, 2008
"Hostile Fire Has Been Ruled Out"
ANN is sad to report the loss of seven soldiers onboard a US
Army CH-47 Chinook, that crashed early Thursday in Iraq.
The Associated Press reports the Chinook crashed shortly after
midnight, about 60 miles from Basra. The helicopter was part of a
four-ship convoy flying from Kuwait to Balad Air Base north of
"At this time we are uncertain of the cause, but hostile fire
has been ruled out," military spokesman Maj. John Hall said. "The
other three helicopters in the flight did not have incident or
The accident is the deadliest US helicopter mishap in over a
year. Fourteen soldiers were killed in August 2007, when their
UH-60 Black Hawk crashed in northern Iraq.
"It is a tough day for the coalition and we are deeply saddened
by the loss of our soldiers," said spokesman Col. Bill Buckner.
"Our prayers and condolences go out to the families during this
difficult and tragic incident."
British soldiers in control of the Basra region quickly secured
the accident site, and an investigation is underway. The military
has not released the names of those persons onboard.
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