US says Black Hawk was shot down

The US military said one of its Black Hawk helicopters that crashed in central Iraq on Thursday, killing all nine soldiers on board, was shot down by the Iraqi resistance.

    Smoke billows from the downed Black Hawk helicopter

    "Preliminary investigations indicated that the med-evac helicopter was brought down by ground fire," said Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, the coalition's deputy director of operations.

    He added that "the investigation has not concluded".

    The helicopter crashed on Thursday near the town of Falluja, west of Baghdad, an area which is a hotbed of resistance to the US occupation.
     
    Witnesses said they had seen the helicopter in flames before it crashed.

    Another US military officer, who declined to give his name, told AFP he had read a report indicating the pilot of a second helicopter in the area had seen ground fire which might have hit a tail rotor.

    Of seven other US helicopters that have been lost as a result of hostile fire since the end of major combat operations in Iraq on 1 May, four were brought down by attackers in the Falluja area.

    A Chinook helicopter was struck down by a surface-to-air missile on 2 November in the area, killing 16 people.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.