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(回答先: モスルで自殺爆弾攻撃、米兵５９人負傷。ファルージャではヘリが落とされる。【Usatoday】 投稿者 Sちゃん 日時 2003 年 12 月 10 日 03:34:46)
Arab Mujahideen Down Chopper In Iraq, Casualties Unknown
Dec 09, 2003
Iraqi resistance fighters firing a rocket-propelled grenade shot down a U.S. helicopter Tuesday near the town of Fallujah west of Baghdad, witnesses said.
The American military said the aircraft made a "controlled landing." "The helicopter was forced to make a hard landing - a controlled landing," said Maj. Peter J. Mitchell of the U.S. Central Command in Florida.
A military spokesman in Baghdad said the OH-58 Kiowa observation helicopter was hit at 2:30 p.m. The OH-58 Kiowa is a single-engine, single-rotor, two-bladed observation helicopter. The crew consists of the pilot, pilot and copilot, pilot and gunner, or pilot and observer.
Used in a forward observation/reconnaissance role, the OH-58 Kiowa is frequently be paired with one of the US Army's attack aircraft in "hunter/killer" teams. The OH-58's mission is to locate and observe the "enemy," while calling the attack helicopter in to prosecute the target.
According to The AP, witnesses said two helicopters were flying in formation near Fallujah, some 50 kilometers west of the capital, when one was hit by a grenade fired from the ground. It crashed immediately, the witness said.