The Ministry of Defence has the names of the seven crew members who were killed Thursday when a HH-60 Jobs Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Those who were killed were Capt. Mark K. Weber, 29, Of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.
Four of the members of the crew were assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, New York:
—Captain Andreas B. O’keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, New York.
—Captain Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, Long Island City, New York.
—Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, New York.
—Staff Sgt. Dashan J. Briggs, 30, Port Jefferson Station, New York.
Two were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida:
—Master Sgt. William R. Posch, 36, Indialantic, Florida.
—Staff Sgt. Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida.
Officials have said there were no indications the helicopter had been shot down. In their first statements, officials said that the helicopter, which is used by the air force for combat search and rescue, it was in transit, when it went down Thursday afternoon near the city of Qaim in Anbar Province.