Special Ops Helicopter Crashes in Iraq – 1 Dead, Several Injured

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The Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTFOIR) reported this morning that a Special Ops helicopter crashed in Iraq last night, August 19. There were reportedly 10 coalition troops in the aircraft when it went down. One died, three were transported for further treatment.

CJTFOIR Press Release:

One Coalition service member was killed and several injured when their aircraft crashed at approximately 10 p.m. GMT Aug. 19 in Iraq.
The aircraft was conducting a partnered counterterrorism mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
All personnel were recovered by Coalition forces immediately following the incident, and three were evacuated for further treatment.
There are no indications the crash was caused by hostile fire. The incident is under investigation.
The deceased service member’s name and further details pertaining to the incident will be released by the pertinent national authorities.

The helicopter was an MH-60 Black Hawk flown by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (the Night Stalkers), according to Stripes. It’s the 2nd helicopter crash in Iraq this year.

No hostile fire

The Task Force stated that there was no hostile fire, which points to mechanical failure. The incident is under investigation. The coalition forces were reportedly conducting a counterterrorism raid.

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