On March 15, a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter belonging to the US military crashed near the Syrian-Iraqi border in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar, according to the Miror. The source said that the helicopter had been carrying seven persons when it had crashed.
The Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV reported that all the perons onboard had been killed in the crash, which had been caused by a “technical failure”. Right after the crash, the helicopter was caught on fire as it was carrying ammunition, according to the TV channel.
Iraqi sources also revealed to al-Mayadeen that the US military helicopter had taken off from the Ayn al-Asad airbase in al-Anbar province along with several other UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.
Several US military officials confirmed to the CNN that a US military HH-60 Black Hawk helicopter had crashed in western Iraq.
The HH-60 Pave Hawk is a special variant of UH-60 Black Hawk, which is used by the US military for special missions as well as search and rescue operations.
According to CNN, the US military helicopter “was not on a combat mission”. However, the type of the helicopter, and the fact that it was loaded with ammunition suggest otherwise.
U.S. military aircraft crashes in western Iraq. Further details will be released when available.https://t.co/zJTJeq5FyI
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) 15 March 2018