7 killed in US military helicopter crash near the Syrian border
Helicopter clipped a power line of the cause of the crash. Luke Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon.
The seven crew members who died after their HH-60 Jobs Hawk helicopter crashed near the Syrian border in Iraq are determined by the Ministry of Defence.
The Ministry of Defence announced late Saturday that among the seven fatalities was Capt. Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.
Four members of the 106th Rescue Wing at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in New York were also killed.
They were Capt. Andreas B. O’keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, N. Y.;Capt. Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, Long Island City, new york; Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, N. Y.; and Staff Sgt. Dashan J. Briggs, 30, Port Jefferson Station, N. Y.
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Master Sgt. William R. Posch, 36, Indialantic, Fla., and Staff Sgt. Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, both of the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, were also killed in the helicopter crash that took place on Thursday.
Defence officials said that the episode is being investigated, but it is ” not the result of enemy activity.”
This is the first fatal crash for the US army in the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria since 2014.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.