Military officials in Iraq have confirmed the death of two
helicopter pilots from Multinational Division Baghdad whose AH-64D
Apache Longbow helicopter crashed southwest of Baghdad Saturday,
and provided details on recent operations.
The Apache crew's remains were recovered following aircraft
recovery operations at the crash site, officials said.
The crew was conducting a combat air patrol when the helicopter
went down "due to possible hostile fire" west of Yousifiyah,
officials reported. The names of the soldiers are being withheld
pending notification of next of kin.
This is the third helicopter downing in Iraq for 2006, and the
second involving an Apache. On January 16, two US pilots were lost
when their Apache went down north of Baghdad.
On January 8, an Army UH-60 Black Hawk went down near the Syrian
border. Eight passengers and four crewmembers were killed in that
crash; the military is investigating the causes of both