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Four U.S. Airmen and One Iraqi Killed in Crash

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2005 – Four U.S. Air Force servicemembers and one Iraqi airman died in the Iraqi military aircraft crash in Iraq's eastern Diyala province May 30, coalition officials reported today.

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Iraqi Air Force Comp Air 7SL airplanes arrayed at Basra International Airport, Iraq, in November 2004. The United Arab Emirates donated the planes to the fledgling Iraqi Air Force. U.S. Army photo

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The Comp Air 7SL aircraft belonged to the 3rd Squadron of the Iraqi Air Force and is a single-engine aircraft used for surveillance and personnel transport. The Iraqi Air Force had seven of these aircraft in its inventory.

The crash occurred near Jalula, about 50 miles northeast of Baqubah. The aircraft departed Kirkuk Air Base on an operational mission to Jalula.

An Iraqi civilian reported the crash to the Joint Communications Center in Khanaqin. Iraqi and coalition forces secured the crash site.

The names of the deceased airmen are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Elsewhere, Iraqi civilians tipped off U.S. soldiers to a large arms cache today, according to officials.

Two Iraqi civilians led Task Force Liberty soldiers to three munitions caches located southeast of Mandeli in Diyala province. A large of amount of mines, mortars and artillery rounds were recovered from three sites, including 381 anti-personnel mines, 24 62 mm mortar rounds and 11 rocket-propelled grenade rounds.

U.S. personnel will dispose of the contraband munitions.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq press releases.)

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