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21 Nov 2007 - Two Dead In Puma Crash Baghdad

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7105224.stm

Two dead in Iraq helicopter crash

Two UK military personnel have been killed and two seriously injured in an RAF Puma helicopter crash near Baghdad in Iraq, defence officials have said.
An RAF Board of Inquiry is heading to Iraq to investigate Tuesday's crash, but the Ministry of Defence said it was too early to speculate on the cause.

The two injured personnel are recovering in hospital and the next of kin of those killed have been informed.

Defence chiefs said their thoughts were "with the families" of all involved.


RIP and speedy recovery to the injured.
 
#20
Sky News are now reporting the fallen as members of 'Them'...

SAS Soldiers Die In Helicopter Crash
Updated:13:15, Wednesday November 21, 2007

Sky News has learned that the two British military personnel killed in an RAF helicopter crash in Baghdad were members of the SAS.

A Puma helicopterSky's foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall said: "We have from two sources that they were special forces, probably from the 22nd SAS Regiment. We should say that next of kin have been informed

"They were in the Puma helicopter and I think only on a transport job, perhaps from Baghdad to the main SAS base which is above Baghdad.

"It's an open secret that the SAS operates in Baghdad and north of the capital.

"Apparently, the Puma did have a rocket fired at it. It took evasive action and fired flares but that did not bring it down. This does seem to have been an accident."

Two military personnel were also seriously injured in the incident.

The RAF said it was "too early to speculate" on the cause of the crash.

An investigation has been launched.



Marshall said: "There are ongoing operations for various reasons in the capital and up north occasionally - an unspecified number of personnel involved in these.

And, of course, they have to move from A to B - sometimes by Hercules and sometimes by helicopters.

"Moving anywhere in Iraq is very dangerous. It's at least the third death this year for the regiment in Iraq. I think there have probably been others."

The US military issued a statement saying a coalition helicopter had crashed yesterday near Salman Pak, on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital, killing two people and injuring 12.

Initial reports indicated that the crash was not caused by hostile fire, the Americans said.

An MoD spokesman could not confirm this was the same incident, but said the details appeared to match.

The latest deaths bring to 173 the number of British military fatalities since hostilities began in Iraq in March 2003.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-1293673,00.html
 

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