Four Alaskans die in crash

The Alaska Army National Guard is mourning the deaths of four crew members killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash Saturday in Iraq, officials said Monday. The four are the Alaska Army Guard’s first combat deaths since World War II.

Names of the dead crew members have not been officially released. Their next of kin have been notified, according to Alaska Guard spokeswoman Kalei Brooks.

The four were with the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment. The Black Hawk also carried eight passengers.

Four Alaskans die in crash: Black Hawk part of Army Guard’s 207th — Cause of downing ‘absolutely unknown’ (Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan 2006).

There have been other Alaska casualties in Iraq, both dead & wounded. May their families & friends be consoled. May the families, friends, communities of all those killed & harmed by this war be consoled, & find their way to peace. May this war end. May we learn better ways of achieving justice.

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