Update: Death Toll In U.S. Helicopter Crash Raise to 7

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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The U.S. military has updated the death toll from the crash of an American transport helicopter in southern Iraq early Thursday.

It now says 7 soldiers who had been aboard the Chinook were killed. It happened as the aircraft was landing at a base about 60 miles west of Basra.

A spokesman for the Multi-National Force-Iraq had said five had died, and the bodies of two soldiers who had originally been missing were found. Hostile fire is not suspected.

The chopper was a part of an aerial convoy from Kuwait to the U.S. military base at Balad just north of Baghdad. The Chinook, the Army's workhorse, is designed to transport troops and supplies.

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