Multiple US defense officials confirmed on Friday that a US Army helicopter has crashed in western Iraq, near the border with Syria. Seven US servicemen who were on board are not likely to have survived the crash. Reports do not indicate hostile fire.

A HH-60 Pave Hawk training

A HH-60 Pave Hawk training Photo credit: Wikipedia

A US Air Force helicopter with several servicemen on board has crashed in western Iraq, according to multiple US defense officials. Rescue teams reportedly arrived at the scene within less than an hour.

The HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed near the town of Qaim in the western part of Iraq, close to the border with Syria, a US government official said. He added that seven people were on board and they are believed to have been killed.

According to multiple reports, the helicopter went down as a result of a mechanical fault and was not shot down by hostile forces. The US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq has told CNN that “an investigation will be initiated to determine the cause of the incident.”