Another US helicopter down in Iraq

Bush and helicopters down in Iraq, cartoon

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.

US secret air war in Iraq: here.

3 thoughts on “Another US helicopter down in Iraq

  1. BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military said it was checking reports that a Chinook transport helicopter might have crashed or made an emergency landing near Baghdad on Wednesday.

    Two witnesses in the area, just north of Baghdad, told Reuters they saw a Chinook helicopter come down amid gunfire from the ground.

    The witnesses said they had not seen any smoke, adding that U.S. soldiers had moved in to secure the area.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Garver, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said he could not confirm the reports but officials were checking the information.

    “We have heard about this … but I cannot confirm anything at this stage,” Garver said.

    A Chinook has two crew and can carry up to 55 passengers. They are used widely to transport troops and cargo around Iraq.

    The U.S. military said on Sunday it was adjusting its tactics in Iraq after four helicopters were shot down in recent weeks.

    Those helicopters were shot down in four separate incidents in which 21 U.S. servicemen and private security contractors were killed.

    © Reuters 2007. All Rights Reserved.


  2. U.S. says no reports of helicopter down in Iraq
    Sun Feb 11, 2007 5:00PM GMT

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military said it had no information of an American military helicopter crashing north of Baghdad on Sunday after residents reported one went down under fire.

    “We have no reports of a U.S. military helicopter being down,” U.S. military spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Josslyn Aberle said.

    Residents reported seeing a missile hit an Apache attack helicopter, which carries two crew, bringing it down in the Timayma area, near Taji, site of a major U.S. air base 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad.

    Six helicopters have come down in Iraq in the last three weeks. The U.S. military has confirmed that at least four of those were shot down after being struck by ground fire and says it has adjusted its tactics accordingly.


  3. U.S. says “sophisticated weaponry” hit chopper
    Posted by: “G. Myrick” garymyrick
    Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:10 am (PST)
    Is there ANYTHING that has happened in Iraq lately that is NOT being inferred (denials notwithstanding) as coming from Iran?

    U.S. says “sophisticated weaponry” hit chopper in Iraq

    By Ross Colvin

    Feb. 14, 2007


    A transport helicopter that crashed in Iraq last week, killing all seven on board, was brought down by a “sophisticated piece of weaponry,” the U.S. military said on Wednesday.

    The Ch-46 Sea Knight, the Marine version of the twin-rotor Chinook, crashed near Baghdad on February 7, the seventh helicopter to be shot down in Iraq since January 20. The military initially said mechanical failure was probably to blame.

    The high number of U.S. helicopters lost in less than a month has raised questions about whether insurgents in Iraq are using new tactics, such as studying aircraft flight patterns, or have acquired sophisticated weaponry.

    Five of the downed helicopters were U.S. military aircraft and two belonged to a private American security company.

    U.S. military officials have previously said they did not believe advanced missile systems were used in any of the attacks, which killed 28 personnel, and have referred only to machinegun fire bringing down the helicopters.

    “It was probably brought down by some sophisticated piece of weaponry,” the chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, Major- General William Caldwell, said of the downing of the Sea Knight.

    He was speaking during a news briefing that concentrated on U.S. claims that Iranian-manufactured weapons are being used to kill U.S. troops in Iraq, but he insisted he was “not making any inferences” about where the weaponry had come from…..

    (My comment: Yeah, right.)

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