A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter, operating as a medevac, has crashed in western Iraq, a U.S. military official said.
The range of casualties wasn\’t immediately released. The flight manifest listed seven service members on side, the official said.
\”A U.S. military aircraft has crashed in western Iraq with U.S. service members aboard. Rescue teams are resolving the scene of the downed aircraft right now,\” the U.S.-led military coalition said in the statement. \”Further details will be released when available. A study will be initiated to determine the reason for the incident.\”
Military investigators are looking into the cause of the crash, which occurred around 10 p.m. local time Thursday in Iraq next to the Iraqi town of al Qaim, not far from the Syrian border, the said. Al Qaim has long been a hotbed for insurgent activity, raising fears that insurgents caused the crash. But there wasn\’t any initial evidence of that, U.S. military officials said.
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