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Army Helicopter Crash Reported

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2005 – A Task Force Baghdad helicopter crashed in the southwestern portion of the Iraqi capital about 8 p.m. local time today.

The condition of the pilots of the scout helicopter, an OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, is unknown.

"At this time, we have no evidence of hostile fire playing a role in the helicopter going down," said Col. Keith Walker, chief of staff of Task Force Baghdad and the 1st Cavalry Division.

Walker said the task force has dispatched recovery and rescue teams to the crash site. A spokeswoman at the Combined Press Information Center in Baghdad had no further details.

The incident is under investigation.

The Kiowa, a two-seater, provides reconnaissance and command and control, and can acquire and designate targets day or night under all weather conditions.

Two days earlier, on Jan. 26, a Marine CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopter crashed near the town of Rutbah, about 220 miles west of Baghdad. Thirty Marines and one sailor died in that crash, which remains under investigation.

(Based on a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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