Another Helicopter In Iraq Shot Down

Wednesday, February 21st 2007, 5:38 am
By: News On 6

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ A U.S. helicopter that crashed Wednesday north of Baghdad was shot down, the military said after initially stating that the chopper made a ``hard landing.''

All aboard were safely evacuated by a second helicopter, said military spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Garver.

``I can confirm that initial reports indicate that it was brought down by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades,'' Garver said, adding that the site had been secured.

The statement from Garver came hours after chief military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell told reporters that the Black Hawk had made a ``hard landing.''

CNN first reported that the helicopter was shot down.

At least seven U.S. helicopters have crashed or been forced down by hostile fire since Jan. 20, killing 28 troops and civilians