A U.S. military helicopter has crashed in western Iraq with seven service members on board, U.S. officials said Thursday.
A defense official confirmed to Military Times that an HH-60 Pave Hawk crashed in Anbar Province near the town of Qaim in Iraq. The helicopter, which used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue, was not under fire and was on a routine route to move the helicopter from one location to another, the official said.
The U.S. Air Force footprint has shrunk since Iraq announced that ISIS has been driven from all major Iraqi cities but maintained a presence at Al Asad for training, the official said.
Officials said that rescuers were responding to the location, but other details were not yet available. It’s not clear if there were any survivors.