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Two GIs Die in Helicopter Crash in Iraq

May 27, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Two American soldiers were killed Thursday night when their helicopter was shot down near Baghdad, while another chopper was hit but landed safely, the U.S. military said.

The two pilots were the only ones aboard their aircraft when it went down, said Capt. Patricia Brewer, a military spokeswoman in Baghdad. She said their bodies have been recovered.

The two Task Force Liberty helicopters were struck by small arms fire at 10:50 p.m. after responding to troops in contact with enemy forces near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, the military said.

A OH-58 Kiowa carrying two people landed safely at a nearby base after sustaining damage. The military didn’t say if there were any injuries aboard that aircraft.

The Kiowa is an armed reconnaissance helicopter. Task Force Liberty, under the command of the 42nd Infantry Division, is headquartered in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.

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