Seven US Service Members Killed in Iraq Helicopter Crash
Seven US service members have been killed in an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crash in Western Iraq on March 15. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The Military stated that it “does not appear to be a result of enemy activity.” The helicopter was reportedly not on a combat mission.
Operation Inherent Resolve issued this statement:
At approximately 6:45 p.m. GMT March 15, 2018, a U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. The crash does not appear to be a result of enemy activity. This incident is under investigation.
“All personnel aboard were killed in the crash,” said Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, director of operations, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. “This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations. We are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today.”
An accompanying U.S. helicopter immediately reported the crash and a quick reaction force comprised of Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition members secured the scene.
“We are grateful to the Iraqi Security Forces for their immediate assistance in response to this tragic incident,” Braga said. “Iraqi Security Forces continue to demonstrate their professionalism, capabilities and flexibility as we continue the fight towards a lasting defeat of Daesh.”
Names of the fallen will be released by the U.S. Department of Defense after next of kin have been notified.
Generally the Sikorsky Pave Hawk is used for both troop insertion and extraction.
.@CJTFOIR mourns the loss of @coalition personnel in yesterday’s helicopter crash in western Iraq. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, and fellow service members of our fallen troopers. pic.twitter.com/mxkCKGNVEx
— OIR Spokesman (@OIRSpox) March 16, 2018
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) March 16, 2018
7 Killed In U.S. Military Helicopter Crash In Iraq https://t.co/Gpn5t7eGvt
— NPR (@NPR) March 16, 2018
All 7 service members aboard a military helicopter died in a crash in western Iraq on Thursday, U.S. officials said https://t.co/eiWgXoiA2J
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 16, 2018
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) March 15, 2018