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The Prime Minister has confirmed the deaths of British troops killed after an RAF transport plane crashed in Iraq.
The Hercules aircraft came down 25 miles north-west of Baghdad heading to the city of Balad.
A British Army spokesman in Iraq said: "We can confirm that a UK C130 Hercules has crashed in central Iraq.
Originally posted by stumason
Lets also hope it wasn't carrying troops, as those birds can carry 300 men.....
Accommodation: crew of two, with provision for third person, plus loadmaster; up to 92 troops, 64 paratroops, 74 litter patients plus attendants, 54 passengers on palletized seating, or up to five 463L standard freight pallets, etc. Dimensions: span 132 ft 7 in, length 97 ft 9 in, height 36ft10in.
Originally posted by asala
News Just in... As reported on Skynews,
Up to 15 UK troops have thought to have died in the Iraq Crash,
There is major speculation that the plane may have been shot down,
As weather conditions in the area was fine; it is said we may here more tonight by 10pm UK time (10 mins from now) if not then tomorrow morning,
“They’re obviously watching us fly in and out. Their tactics have changed.
“They’re trying to get up small arms fire to hit us.”
that Balad was described as one of the airfields C-130 crews “like the least”.
“Every member of the crew who can afford to take his eyes off the instruments keeps a lookout for ground fire.”
C-130 military transport plane crashed Sunday north of Baghdad, scattering wreckage over a large area, officials said. As many as 15 people were killed, news reports said.
The crash occurred at around 5:25 p.m. about 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, a spokesman for the British Ministry of Defense.
Quoting military sources, Britain's Press Association news agency said the figure was "around 10," with it "highly unlikely" to be more than 15.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An Iraqi militant group has claimed responsibility in an Internet statement for downing a British military transport plane north of Baghdad on election day.
The Ansar al-Islam group said in a statement posted Sunday on an Islamic Web site that its fighters tracked the aircraft, "which was flying at a low altittude, and fired an anti-tank missile at it."
British officials have not said how many people died when the plane sent down, but Britain's Press Association has reported that "around 10" servicemen were killed, quoting military sources. The toll was "highly unlikely" to be more than 15, the news agency reported.
Iraq Militant Group Says They Downed Plane