(Reuters) - A U.S. Apache attack helicopter crashed in Iraq on Monday and recovery teams were sent to find out the fate of its two-man crew, the U.S. military said.
'We had a helicopter crash northwest of Taji,' Lieutenant Colonel Cliff Kent, spokesman for the 3rd Infantry Division said, referring to a major airbase north of Baghdad. Local people said they saw two helicopters circling before one crashed out of the sky just north of Baghdad.
'I saw a missile hit one of the helicopters and black smoke come from it before it went down,' said one man, who gave his name as Abu Mustafa. The U.S. statement did not say what had caused the crash.