Hercules victims flown home

The bodies of 10 servicemen who were killed when a Royal Air Force Hercules aircraft crashed in Iraq last week will arrive home in Britain today.

The coffin of one of the victims is carried into a transport aircraft in Basra for the flight home

The remains of the nine RAF men and one soldier who were killed in the crash, which occurred 25 miles north-west of Baghdad, were carried on to an aircraft at Basra airport yesterday in preparation for the flight to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.

Insurgents claimed to have brought down their aircraft on Jan 30, the day of the Iraqi elections.

However, the Ministry of Defence has not yet delivered the findings of its investigation into the crash.

The incident caused the largest single loss of life for British forces since the start of military action in Iraq.

Eight of the airmen were based at RAF Lyneham and one in High Wycombe, Bucks.
Welcome home... :(

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