US Helicopter Crashes in Western Iraq

FILE PHOTO -- An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter prepares to land after training. (U. S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Justin D. Pyle)
FILE PHOTO -- An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter prepares to land after training. (U. S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Justin D. Pyle)

A U.S. military aircraft has crashed in western Iraq with U.S. service members aboard, according to an Air Forces Central Command spokesman.

Rescue teams are responding to the scene of the downed aircraft at this time, said Air Force Lt. Col. Damien Pickart.

Further details will be released when available, he said.

Central Command officials say the crash is under investigation.

ABC News reported on Twitter that the aircraft is an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter on a non-combat mission, according to officials.

Defense officials told The Associated Press that there is no reason to believe at this time that the Pave Hawk was shot down. AP also reports that it is unclear how many service members were on board or their condition at this time.

-- Oriana Pawlyk can be reached at oriana.pawlyk@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Oriana0214.

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