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CENTCOMNEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

April 2, 2006
Release Number: 06-04-02CJ




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TWO MND-B PILOTS PRESUMED DEAD

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Two pilots are presumed dead, but recovery efforts continue following the crash of a Multi-National Division – Baghdad AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter west of Yousifiah at approximately 5:30 p.m. April 1.

As reported earlier, the aircraft was conducting a combat air patrol. Military officials believe the crash was the result of hostile fire.

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

The incident is under investigation.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT THE MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION - BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS PLANS AND OPERATIONS NCO, MASTER SGT ERIC LOBSINGER AT: eric.lobsinger@mnd-b.army.mil



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