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Black Hawk Crash Kills 4 Soldiers Training in Kuwait

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2003 – A Black Hawk helicopter crash in the Kuwaiti desert killed four American soldiers early this morning.

U.S. military officials in Kuwait said the UH-60 helicopter crashed during a nighttime training mission near Camp New Jersey, about 31 miles northwest of Kuwait City.

The aircraft was deployed to Kuwait from the Germany-based V Corps. It was conducting training with another helicopter from V Corps, which was not involved in the crash. The four crewmembers who died were the only personnel aboard at the time of the crash, officials said. Their identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In late January, another Black Hawk crash killed all four crewmembers aboard near Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

Elsewhere in the region, coalition aircraft from Operation Northern Watch struck three surface-to-air missile systems in northern Iraq after they were moved into the Northern No-fly Zone.

Coalition aircrews used precision-guided weapons to strike the missile systems between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Eastern time Feb. 24, U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, reported. EUCOM has operational control over the ONW mission.

The last such Northern Watch strike was on Jan. 31, when coalition aircraft, in self-defense, dropped precision- guided weapons on Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery 10 miles east of Mosul, according to a EUCOM news release.

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