update: The Pentagon has validated that each one seven airmen aboard the Blackhawk helicopter that crashed last night in western Iraq were killed, per CNN.

there were no survivors. The crew of a second aircraft that changed into flying alongside the helicopter said no signs of opposed fire.

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A U.S. armed forces helicopter has crashed in western Iraq close the border with Syria, U.S. significant Command pointed out in a late Thursday observation. 

March 15, 2018

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U.S. defense force plane crashes in western Iraq

TAMPA, Fla. – A U.S. military plane has crashed in western Iraq with U.S. provider individuals aboard. 

Rescue groups are responding to the scene of the downed plane at the present.

extra details could be released when available. 

An investigation could be initiated to investigate the reason for the incident.

ABC news stories that as a minimum some aboard were killed, according to a U.S. legitimate.

The helicopter is believed to be a HH-60 Black Hawk variant, prevalent as the Pave Hawk, which crashed close al-Qaim, near Anbar province near the Syrian border.

Seven people were aboard, and fatalities are “probably” according to Reuters

closing month the U.S. Air drive central Command introduced it could be sending A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, along with HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and MQ-9  Reaper unmanned aircraft to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar as part of President Trump’s South Asia strategy in addition to for ongoing operations in Afghanistan.

officials talked about that the helicopter turned into reportedly now not on a combat mission. 

HH-60 Pave Hawk

The Pave Hawk was designed to behavior day or nighttime personnel restoration operations into adversarial environments to recuperate isolated personnel during conflict. The HH-60G is also tasked to function defense force operations other than battle, together with civil search and rescue, scientific evacuation, catastrophe response, humanitarian counsel, safety cooperation/aviation advisory, NASA area flight assist, and rescue command and manage.

it is a totally modified version of the Black Hawk, which points upgraded communications and navigation suite that contains built-in inertial navigation/international positioning/Doppler navigation techniques, satellite communications, comfy voice, and Have short communications. 

All HH-60Gs have an automated flight handle device, night imaginative and prescient goggles with lighting and forward searching infrared equipment that significantly enhances evening low-degree operations. moreover, Pave Hawks have colour climate radar and an engine/rotor blade anti-ice device that offers the HH-60G an adverse climate ability. 

Pave Hawk mission equipment includes a retractable in-flight refueling probe, interior auxiliary fuel tanks, two crew-served 7.62mm or .50 caliber machineguns, and an 8,000-pound (3,600 kilograms) skill cargo hook. To improve air transportability and shipboard operations, all HH-60Gs have folding rotor blades. 

Pave Hawk fight enhancements include a radar warning receiver, infrared jammer and a flare/chaff countermeasure dishing out system. 

HH-60G rescue device includes a hoist able to lifting a 600-pound load (270 kilograms) from a hover peak of 200 ft (60.7 meters), and a personnel finding system this is compatible with the PRC-112 survival radio and provides range and bearing information to a survivor’s vicinity. 

Pave Hawks are geared up with an over-the-horizon tactical information receiver this is able to receiving near precise-time mission replace information.  (af.mil)

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