A U.S. army MH-60 Black Hawk particular operations helicopter has crashed at roughly 10 p.m. GMT on Aug. 19 in Iraq killing one Coalition provider member and injuring a number of others.
The observation from the Mixed Joint Activity Drive – Operation Inherent Unravel (CJTF–OIR) stated the plane used to be carrying out a partnered counterterrorism project in enhancing of Operation Inherent Unravel. Operation Inherent Unravel is the U.S. army’s operational title for the army intervention in opposition to the Islamic State in each Iraq and Syria.
The helicopter concerned within the crash belonged to the U.S. Military’s 160th Particular Operations Aviation Regiment (10th SOAR), referred to as the “Evening Stalkers,” which offer helicopter aviation enhance for common function forces and particular operations forces (SOF).
Newsweek reported that the helicopter used to be returning to base after carrying out a small-scale raid in an undisclosed area and there used to be ten U.S. army staff had been onboard the plane. All staff used to be recovered via Coalition forces instantly following the incident, and 3 had been evacuated for additional remedy.
The CJTF–OIR observation added that there are not any indications the crash used to be led to via opposed fireplace and that the incident is beneath investigation. The deceased provider member’s title and additional information about the incident can be launched via the pertinent nationwide government.
This marked the second one crash of a U.S. ArmyBlack Hawk helicopter in Iraq within the ultimate 5 months. On March 15, a U.S. Air Drive HH-60G Pave Hawk fight seek and rescue (CSAR) helicopter has crashed after putting an influence line close to the town of Al Qaim in western Iraq’s Anbar Province close to the rustic’s border with Syria, killing all seven provider participants onboard.
MH-60M Black Hawk is the extremely specialised particular operations variant of U.S. Military UH-60M Black Hawk army helicopter. They’re flown solely via the U.S. Military’s 160th Particular Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR).
160th SOAR makes use of MH-60Ms for medium attack (particular forces infiltration and exfiltration) and medium assault (armed escort and shut air enhance) missions.