From Associated Press:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The U.S. military said it was investigating reports that an aircraft went down Wednesday in Iraq.
Witnesses said a helicopter had gone down in a field in the Sheik Amir area northwest of Baghdad, sending smoke rising from the scene, in a Sunni-dominated area between the Taji air base 12 miles north of Baghdad and Garma, 20 miles to the west of the capital.
“We are looking into initial reports of a possible aircraft down,” U.S. military spokeswoman Lt. Col. Josslyn Aberle said.
The reports came five days after a U.S. Army helicopter crashed in a hail of gunfire north of Baghdad, police and witnesses said — the fourth helicopter lost in Iraq in a two-week span.
The U.S. command said two crew members were killed in that crash.
UPDATE: the US military now have confirmed the downing of the helicopter, described as a Sea Knight.
Associated Press says that seven people on board died.
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