President Trump offers condolences in helicopter crash

Published: Mar. 16, 2018 at 7:29 AM AKDT
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6:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump is offering thoughts and prayers for the families of service members that were killed in a military helicopter crash in Iraq.

Trump says on Twitter Friday that he is thinking of the "brave troops." He says "their sacrifice in service to our country will never be forgotten."

U.S. officials said the aircraft crashed in western Iraq Thursday. The Pentagon said Friday that all seven service members on board were killed.

The crash did not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation, the Pentagon said.


2:45 p.m.

The Pentagon says all seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed.

The Pentagon says in a statement Friday that the crash does not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation.

The U.S. military helicopter crashed in western Iraq, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The helicopter is used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue, and was in transit from one location to another when it went down Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim in Anbar Province

The Pentagon said an accompanying U.S. helicopter immediately reported the crash and a quick-reaction force comprised of Iraqi security forces and Coalition members secured the scene.