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U.S. chopper crash kills 1

September 21, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed at a major American air base in Iraq, killing a U.S. service member and injuring 12 others, the military said.

The UH-60 Black Hawk went down Saturday night at Balad Air Base north of Baghdad, the military said in a statement. The military said the cause of the crash was under investigation and gave no other details.

The helicopter went down on a night of high winds that tore through the area, whipping up a fierce sandstorm followed by thunder, lightning and rain. The name and other details about the service member killed were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Black Hawk is designed to carry up to four crew members and a fully equipped infantry squad of 11, but it was not clear how many people were aboard the aircraft when it crashed.

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