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US military helicopter occupants die when crashing in Iraq

The tragedy happened yesterday afternoon in the west of the country, apparently because of a technical failure.

All the occupants of a US military helicopter died yesterday afternoon in an accident in the Al Qaim district, near the border with Syria, in western Iraq.

The aircraft HH-60 Pave Hawk led the international coalition in the anti-jihadist struggle and for an apparent technical failure crashed to the ground at 18:45 local time (15:45 GMT).

The seven occupants of the military helicopter died on the site.

A statement issued by the operations center of the United States Air Force ensures that the tragedy is under investigation and that “the crash does not appear to be a result of enemy activity“.

Another helicopter from the Air Force witnessed the tragedy and descended to offer help and secure the area along with Iraqi security forces and coalition members.

Brigadier General Johnatan P. Braga, director of operations of the coalition, expressed in the statement: “We are grateful to the Iraqi security forces for their immediate assistance in response to this tragic incident. They continue to demonstrate their professionalism, capabilities and flexibility as we continue the fight towards a lasting defeat of Daesh”.

Pave Hawks Military Helicopter
The rugged military helicopter is similar to the one in the image.

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