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U.S. Helicopter Crashes Near Baghdad, Two Killed

U.S. Helicopter Crashes Near Baghdad, Two Killed

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HADITHA, Iraq (AP) -- An American military OH-58 Kiowa helicopter crashed Wednesday into a river west of Baghdad, killing the two crewmembers on board, the U.S. military and police said.

The helicopter, which carries a two-member crew, crashed about 1:50 p.m. near Haditha, 120 miles from the capital, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said.

Kimmitt also said the cause of the crash had not been determined.

In Haditha, Emad Rasheed, 45, said two U.S. helicopters were flying over the area when a missile hit one of them. However, Kimmitt said the second helicopter reported seeing no hostile fire.

With the latest crash, the U.S. military has lost 15 helicopters since the occupation began in May -- most to hostile fire. At least 60 Americans have been killed in the crashes.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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