U.S. helicopter crash in Iraq kills all aboard

U.S. helicopter crash in Iraq kills all aboard
MH-60R Seahawk from Navy helicopter squadron HSM-74. This photo, from 2013, was obtained during the squadron's deployment on USS Harry S Truman. HSM-74 is now embarked with Air Wing 3 on USS Dwight D Eisenhower. (Image: Wikipedia, USN/MC2 Lyle H. Wilkie III)

[Ed. – Prayers go out to the survivors of these courageous souls.]

All personnel aboard a U.S. military helicopter carrying American service members were killed in a crash in western Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday.

Central Command did not say how many people were killed in the crash late on Thursday. A U.S. military official told Reuters on Thursday the U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter was carrying seven people.

The crash, which did not appear to be the result of enemy activity, is under investigation, the command said in a statement.

“All personnel aboard were killed in the crash,” said Brigadier General Jonathan P. Braga, director of operations of the Combined Joint Task Force. “This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations.”

The military said a second accompanying American helicopter immediately reported the crash and Iraqi security forces and coalition members secured the area.

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