• A US military Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk reportedly crashed in western Iraq.
  • Seven crew members were believed to have been onboard.
  • Rescue forces have been dispatched and an investigation is ongoing.

A US military Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk reportedly crashed in western Iraq on Thursday, according to multiple newsreports.

Seven US Air Force airmen are believed to have been onboard during the incident.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, but initial reports indicate the airmen were not on a combat mission and no hostile fire was taken, according to US Defense Department officials.

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The primary role of the HH-60 is to conduct search and rescue operations. As a modified UH-60 Black Hawk, the capabilities of the HH-60 includes various communications and search tools to provide