- The Washington Times - Friday, March 21, 2003

From combined dispatches
A U.S. Marine helicopter crashed in Kuwait yesterday, killing all 16 American and British soldiers aboard, military officials said.
The crash of the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter killed 12 British and four U.S. troops, officials said. The helicopter was assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
The helicopter crashed at 7:37 p.m. in Kuwait about nine miles from the border with Iraq, military officials said.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, the officials said, adding that hostile fire had not been reported in the area.
The Marines use the Sea Knight, a buslike helicopter with two large rotors, to fly troops from ships at sea or base camps to forward positions.
The Navy and Marines grounded all 291 Sea Knight helicopters in August after an inspection of one helicopter in North Carolina found a crack in a rotor assembly. A Marine Corps CH-46 crashed in 2001, killing three Marines and injuring two.
Also yesterday, an MH-53 Pave Low helicopter of the U.S. Air Force special forces had a heavy landing during operations in southern Iraq. All six crew members survived unscathed.
A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter experienced similar problems landing in Kuwait. There were no casualties, a U.S. official said.

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