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Coalition service member killed in Iraq helicopter crash

HH-60 Black Hawk variant Pave Hawk (Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald, USAF. Released)
August 20, 2018

A service member who was supporting the U.S.-led Coalition in Iraq has been killed, authorities announced Monday.

One service member was killed and several others injured when their aircraft crashed, according to a press release from Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

The crash took place around 10 p.m. on Aug. 19 in Iraq, OIR said, and the aircraft was supporting OIR and conducting a “partnered counterterrorism mission.”

Newsweek reported that it was possibly a Special Operations MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed early Monday morning. They cited U.S. military sources with knowledge of the crash who said the helicopter was going back to base after conducting a small raid.

One official said the crash was “likely a mechanical malfunction,” and that there had been no enemy ground fire.

The incident is under investigation, OIR said.

The deceased service member’s name has not been released.