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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

January 9, 2006
Release Number: 06-01-11




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HELICOPTER CRASHES IN NORTHERN IRAQ

TIKRIT, Iraq – A coalition helicopter crashed in a sparsely populated area 12 kilometers east of Tal Afar shortly before midnight killing the passengers and crew.

The UH-60 Blackhawk flying in support of Task Force Band of Brothers was part of a two-ship flight moving between bases in northern Iraq when communications were lost with the aircraft. Flight records indicate that eight passengers and four crew members were manifested for the flight.

An immediate search and rescue operation was launched from nearby military installations. The aircraft was located at approximately noon local time.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

The incident is under investigation.

For more information, please contact the 101st AIRBORNE DIVISION Public Affairs Office at EDWARD.LOOMIS@US.ARMY.MIL






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