November 2, 2005

Helicopter crash kills 2 Marines in Iraq

RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) - A U.S. helicopter crashed in the
area of Ramadi west of Baghdad on Wednesday killing two
Marines, the U.S. military said.

A military statement said the AH-1W "Super Cobra"
helicopter crashed at around 8.15 am (0515 GMT) and both of the
two man crew were killed.

"The cause of the crash is under investigation," the
statement said.

But witnesses said the helicopter had come under fire from
the ground before it crashed but there was no independent
confirmation of that.

"The incident occurred while the two-man crew was flying in
support of security and stabilization operations," the U.S.
statement said.

Eyewitnesses in Ramadi said the helicopter came down in the
Albo Ubaid district of the city and U.S. forces quickly
cordoned off the area while more helicopters flew overhead.