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WAR: Marine Helicopter Crash Kills 31 In Iraq

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posted on Jan, 26 2005 @ 09:07 AM
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A U.S. Marine helicopter CH-53 Sea Stallion crashed about 1:20 am near the town of Rutbah, 220 miles west of Baghdad. Military officials did not specify how many soldiers, which nationalities were on board, or the cause of the crash. The helicopter had been transporting members from the 1st Marine Division. Casualties have been confirmed but what type or numbers have not been.

 



www.chicagotrib une.com
Marine Helicopter Crash Kills 31 in Iraq

By SAMEER N. YACOUB
Associated Press Writer
Published January 26, 2005, 7:58 AM CST



BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A U.S. Marine helicopter transporting troops crashed Wednesday in the desert of western Iraq, killing 31 people, American military officials said. It was the deadliest crash of a U.S. military helicopter in Iraq.
The U.S. military has lost at least 33 helicopters since the start of the war, including at least 20 brought down by hostile fire, according to a study by the Brookings Institution.
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I don’t know where the number of casualties as 31 comes from when this morning I swore I heard on an American TV channel the number was 71 as I was changing channels to a Canadian news service that had said the number was 31. -still very sad- My sympathy goes out to the friends and family members of all involved.

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posted on Jan, 26 2005 @ 09:53 AM
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Just a bit of info , you cant fit 71 marines in a ch-53, 31 is near max capacity for those workhorses, and even if you had 20 people in the amtrack ,as in the picture, 71 is not a feasible number

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posted on Jan, 26 2005 @ 10:00 AM
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Originally posted by ohplease
Just a bit of info , you cant fit 71 marines in a ch-53, 31 is near max capacity for those workhorses, and even if you had 20 people in the amtrack ,as in the picture, 71 is not a feasible number
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from what I read it can hold up to 55, they might have meant people on the ground as well, as I said I was flipping through the channels so I was most likly wrong



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