List of aviation shootdowns and accidents during the Iraq War

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This list of aviation shootdowns and accidents during the Iraq War includes incidents with Coalition and civilian aircraft during the Iraq War.

129 helicopters and 24 fixed-wing aircraft have been reported by media to be lost in Iraq since the 2003 invasion till February 2009. 46 of these incidents have been attributed to hostile fire such as anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles. In March 2007, Brig. Gen. Stephen Mundt said that 130 helicopters had been lost in both Iraq and Afghanistan, about a third to hostile fire, and he was concerned that they were not being replaced fast enough.[1] A more recent report published in "Aircraft Survivability" in Summer 2010 a total of 375 U.S. helicopters have been lost in Iraq and Afghanistan till 2009. 70 U.S. helicopters have been downed by hostile fire and the other 305 are classified as non-hostile and non-combat events.[2][3] Unmanned aircraft of any type are not included in the list below.

At least 283 personnel have been killed in helicopter crashes since the invasion, and 19 have died in fixed-wing crashes.

Since the beginning of the invasion helicopters were the target of attacks with "aerial improvised explosive devices", home-made bombs.[4] In early 2007, the U.S. Army announced that the Iraqi resistance has a strategy for attacking American helicopters.[5] This was confirmed by documents captured from Iraqi insurgents.[6][7] A deputy commanding general in Iraq of the U.S. military said that the average month in 2006 and 2007 saw about 17 attacks against helicopters.[8] Efforts to prevent more deaths included more training for helicopter pilots. They continue to improve tactics and aircraft defenses to reduce losses. In the fall of 2007, the U.S. military deployed the more advanced V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. According to the U.S. military, this aircraft flies much higher and faster than helicopters and has six to seven times more survivability than the CH-46.[9]

Rotary-wing aircraft[edit]


  • Iraq 28 July – An Iraqi military Mil Mi-17 helicopter crashes in a sandstorm. Five-member crew is killed.[10]
  • USAF Roundel 17 April – UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter goes down about 12 miles (19 km) north of Tikrit. One U.S. service member is killed and 3 others are injured .[11][12][13]
  • USAF Roundel 21 February – OH-58 Kiowa helicopter crashes in northern Iraq killing the two pilots on board.[14][15][16][17]


  • USAF Roundel 9 November – An OH-58 Kiowa experiences a hard landing north of Baghdad in the Saladin Province. Two U.S. Army pilots are killed.[18][19] They were assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks.[20]
  • USAF Roundel 19 September – One U.S. service member was killed and 12 others are injured when a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter goes down inside of Joint Base Balad.[21]


  • USAF Roundel 15 November – An OH-58 Kiowa Warrior strikes a tower near Mosul killing the 2 pilots.[27][28]
  • USAF Roundel 4 October – Two American UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters collide while trying to land in Baghdad. An Iraqi soldier was killed, while two Iraqis and three Americans were injured.[29][30][31] Incident was due to mechanical failure.[32]
  • USAF Roundel 18 September – A CH-47 Chinook en route to Balad from Kuwait crashes 62 miles (100 km) west of Basrah International Airport, killing seven U.S. soldiers.[33][34][35][36]
  • USAF Roundel 1 June – A U.S. helicopter crashes south of Baghdad, injuring two soldiers. The type of helicopter has not been revealed.[37][38]
  • Iraq 27 March – An Iraqi military Mil Mi-17 helicopter is shot down during heavy fighting in northern Basra.[39]
  • Iraq 4 March – An Iraqi military Mil Mi-17 helicopter crashes south of Baiji due to a sandstorm, about 90 miles (140 km) south of Mosul in northern Iraq, killing an American soldier and seven other people.[40][41][42]


  • USAF Roundel 2007 – Four AH-64 Apache helicopters were destroyed on the ground by Iraqi insurgent mortar fire; the insurgents had made use of embedded coordinates in web-published photographs (geotagging) taken of the helicopters by soldiers to track the exact location of the helicopters.[43][44]
  • RAF Roundel 20 November – A RAF HC.1 Puma ZA938 crashes. 2 SAS troopers die after the Puma troop transporter goes down in an urban area during a covert mission over Baghdad. Two other men from 22 Special Air Service Regiment were seriously injured in the crash although their condition is not thought to be life threatening. A further seven SAS and three RAF survived the impact and were later rescued by Coalition forces.[45][46][47]
  • USAF Roundel 22 August – UH-60L Black Hawk 06-27077 crashes in northern Iraq, killing all 14 U.S. soldiers. The military said initial indications showed the aircraft experienced a mechanical problem.[48][49][50][51]
  • USAF Roundel 14 August – CH-47D Chinook 89-00171 from B Company, 1–52 Aviation Regiment crashes near the al-Taqaddum air base west of Baghdad, killing five crew on board.[52][53][54]
  • USAF Roundel 10 August – A U.S. Navy HH-60 "Rescue Hawk" make a forced landing in Yusufiyah. The two crew members sustained non-life threatening injuries.[55]
  • USAF Roundel 31 July – An AH-64 Apache goes down after coming under fire in eastern Baghdad. The two crew members were safely extracted.[56][57]
  • USAF Roundel 4 July – An OH-58 Kiowa 95-0002 crashes into power lines in Mosul, killing the pilot and injuring the copilot.[58]
  • USAF Roundel 2 July – OH-58D Kiowa 91-0560 from 3–17 Cavalry Regiment is shot down along a canal south of Baghdad in Babil province with small arms, both pilots were rescued by strapping themselves onto the stub wings of an AH-64 Apache. Helicopter was later destroyed.[59][60]
  • USAF Roundel 29 May – OH-58D(R) Kiowa 93-0978 from B Troop, 2–6 Cavalry Regiment is shot down between Baquba and Muqdadiyah with small arms, killing the chopper's two pilots.[61][62][63]
  • RAF Roundel 15 April – Two British Aérospatiale Puma helicopters are involved in a mid-air collision near Taji, north of Baghdad. Both aircraft crash, with two personnel killed and one seriously injured.[64]
  • USAF Roundel 5 April – A UH-60 Black Hawk carrying nine is shot down in Latifiya using anti-aircraft heavy machine guns, 4 were wounded.[65][66][67]
  • USAF Roundel 1 March – An OH-58D Kiowa makes a hard landing south of Kirkuk, injuring both crewmembers, and becomes entangled in overhanging wires before hitting the ground.[68] Reports had varied whether the crash was due to a mechanical[69] or electronic failure[70] and whether it is shot down.[71]
  • USAF Roundel 22 February – A UH-60 Black Hawk crashed in an area north of Baquba City. The helicopter went down in a clash between gunmen and U.S. troops.[72]
  • USAF Roundel 21 February – A UH-60 Black Hawk is hit by RPG and small arms fire north of Baghdad and makes a hard landing; all nine military personnel on board were rescued.[73][74]
  • USAF Roundel 7 February – CH-46E Sea Knight from HMM-364 is shot down, by a shoulder-fired missile, in al-Karma, outside Fallujah, killing all 7 on board. (see picture above)[75][76][77]
  • USAF Roundel 2 February – AH-64D Apache 02-5337 from A Company, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division shot down by a combination of gunfire and a shoulder-fired missile, near Taji, killing the two pilots.[78][79][80]
  • USAF Roundel 28 January – AH-64D Apache from 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division shot down by hostile fire during the Battle of Najaf, killing the two pilots.[81]
  • USAF Roundel 25 January – A UH-60 Black Hawk shot down by gunfire near Hit. All aboard survive the incident.[8]
  • USAF Roundel 20 January – A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed near Najaf. One solder killed.[82]
  • USAF Roundel 20 January – A UH-60 Black Hawk from C Company, 1–131 Aviation Regiment[83] shot down by a combination of several heavy machine guns and a shoulder-fired missile north-east of Baghdad. All 12 crew and passengers on board are killed in the incident.[83][84]


  • USAF Roundel 11 December – CH-53E Super Stallion 164785 from HMH-465 carrying 21 personnel crashes in Al Anbar Province. The helicopter experienced a brownout killing 1 and injuring 17.[85] Helicopter was written off.[86]
  • USAF Roundel 3 December – CH-46E Sea Knight from HMM-165 carrying 16 personnel made an emergency landing on Lake Qadisiyah in Al Anbar Province. Four of the passengers drowned in the incident.[87][88]
  • USAF Roundel 6 November – AH-64D Apache from A Company, 1–82nd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) attached to 25th Combat Aviation Brigade crashes north of Baghdad, killing the two pilots.[89]
  • USAF Roundel 7 September – CH-53D Sea Stallion (157146) from HMH-463 made nighttime hard landing in Al Anbar Province and later was written off.[90]
  • USAF Roundel 8 August – A UH-60 Black Hawk 86-24535 from 82nd AAC (MEDEVAC) attached to 3rd MAW crashes in Anbar, killing two crew members and injuring four.[91][92]
  • PAF Checkerboard 18 July – A PZL W-3WA Sokół (Polish Air Force) crashes in Air Base in Al Diwaniyah, injuring 4 crew and 3 passengers.[93]
  • USAF Roundel 13 July – AH-64D Apache from 4–4th Aviation Regiment shot down south of Baghdad. The two pilots survive.[94]
  • USAF Roundel 27 May – AH-1W SuperCobra 164591 from HMLA-169 crashes into Lake Habbaniyah, killing the pilot and a maintenance ground crew member on board.[95]
  • USAF Roundel 14 May – AH-6M Little Bird (OH-6 Cayuse) from 1–160th SOAR shot down during combat operations in Yusufiyah, southwest of Baghdad, killing the two crewmen.[96]
  • RAF Roundel 6 May – A Westland Lynx AH.7 (Royal Navy) from 847 Squadron is shot down with a SA-14 over Basra, killing five crewmen and crashing into a house.[97][98]
  • USAF Roundel 1 April – AH-64D Apache from 4–4th Aviation Regiment shot down southwest of Baghdad, killing the two crewmen.[89]
  • USAF Roundel 16 January – AH-64D Apache 03-5385 from B Company, 1–4th Aviation Regiment shot down north of Baghdad, killing the two pilots.[89][99]
  • USAF Roundel 13 January – OH-58D Kiowa 95-0021 from 1–10th Aviation Regiment shot down outside Forward Operating Base Courage, outside Mosul, killing the two pilots.[100]
  • USAF Roundel 7 January – UH-60L Black Hawk 91-26346 from B Company, 1–207th Aviation Regiment crashes near Tal Afar in bad weather, killing 12 people on board. Reports suggest it was not shot down.[101]


  • USAF Roundel 26 December – An AH-64D Apache 03-5375 from 1–4th Aviation Regiment collides with another Apache near Baghdad, both crewmembers are killed.[89][102] Second AH-64 wasn’t destroyed.
  • USAF Roundel 2 November – An AH-1W SuperCobra 165321 from HMLA-369 shot down near Ramadi, killing the two pilots.[103][104]
  • USAF Roundel 29 August – An OH-58D #90-00377 from 4th SQDN 3ACR was engaged by enemy fire. TF Freedom pilot killed by SA fire near Tal Afar. The A/C took rounds and the PI was wounded and able to recover but had to make an emergency landing north of the city, he was unable to fly back. A/C was recovered by SP and MTP .[105]
  • USAF Roundel 12 August – An AH-64A Apache 90-0442 from C Company, 8–229th Aviation Regiment crashes near Kirkuk, injuring both crewmembers. Helicopter is written off.[106]
  • USAF Roundel 19 July – AH-64D Apache 02-5319 from 1–3rd Aviation Regiment crashes in Iraq, injuring the two pilots. Helicopter is written off.[107]
  • USAF Roundel 2 July – A CH-47D Chinook 85-24335 from C Company/159th Aviation Brigade destroyed in a fire on the ground at Ramadi Camp.[108]
  • USAF Roundel 27 June – An AH-64D Apache from 3–3rd Aviation Regiment is shot down by a shoulder-fired missile near Mishahda, killing the two pilots.[89][109]
  • Italian Air Force roundel 31 May – An Italian AB-412 helicopter crashes near Nasiriyah, killing the four soldiers on board.[110]
  • USAF Roundel 26 May – An OH-58D(I) Kiowa 93-0989 from 1–17th Cavalry Regiment is shot down with small arms near Baquba, killing the two crewmen.[63][111]
  • USAF Roundel 21 May – A CH-47D Chinook 87-00102 from B Company, 4–123rd Aviation Regiment crashes in Iraq due to failure of both engines. Five crewmen injured. Helicopter was blown in-place.[112]
  • USAF Roundel 17 April – AH-64D Apache 03-5370 from 4th Squadron, 3d ACR makes hard landing near Baghdad.[113]
  • RAF Roundel 3 March – A Westland Lynx mk.8 (Royal Navy) crashes during Gulf exercise. The three crew members survived. The Lynx is currently deployed to HMS Nottingham.[114]
  • USAF Roundel 28 January – An OH-58 Kiowa 96-0019 from 1–7th Cavalry Regiment crashes in Baghdad after hitting electrical wires, killing the two crewmen.[63]
  • USAF Roundel 26 January – A CH-53E Super Stallion 164536 from HMH-361 crashes in Al-Anbar province, killing 30 U.S. Marines and one Navy sailor.[115][116][117]


The UH-60 Black Hawk that crashed on 21 September 2004
  • PAF Checkerboard 15 December – A PZL W-3WA Sokół 0902 from 25 BKP crashes near Karbala due to pilot error; three Polish soldiers are killed and four injured.[118]
  • USAF Roundel 9 December – AH-64A Apache 91-0012 from A Company, 1–151st Aviation Regiment hit a UH-60L Black Hawk 82-23668 from N Company/4-278th ACR on the ground at a Mosul base, killing the two Apache pilots and wounding four soldiers on board the Black Hawk. Both helicopters destroyed.[89]
  • USAF Roundel 12 November – UH-60A Black Hawk from 1–106th Aviation Regiment shot down northeast of Baghdad, wounding three of the four crew members.[119]
  • USAF Roundel 11 November – AH-1W SuperCobra 161021 from HMLA-169 is shot down by RPG and small arms fire near Fallujah. It is destroyed by Iraqi rebel forces, crew recovered intact.[120]
  • USAF Roundel 9 November – US OH-58D Kiowa shot down by rocket fire over Fallujah.[121]
  • USAF Roundel 16 October – Two OH-58D Kiowas 94-0172 and 97-0130 from 1–25th Aviation Regiment collide near Baghdad, killing two pilots aboard the first craft, and wounding two aboard the other.[122]
  • USAF Roundel 23 September – AH-64D Apache 02-5292 from B Company, 1–227th Aviation Regiment, 4th BCT, 1st Cavalry Division crashes near Tallil AB, Iraq when pilot loses control following tail rotor problem.[107]
  • USAF Roundel 21 September – UH-60A Black Hawk 87-24579 from A Company, 1–244th Aviation Regiment crashes near Nasiriyah, wounding four crew members.[123]
  • USAF Roundel 8 September – CH-46E Sea Knight 153372 Shot down by RPG Fire South of Camp Fallujah, crashes and is burned out near Al-Buaisa. All four crew members injured.[124][125]
  • USAF Roundel 4 September – OH-58D Kiowa (3–17 CAV) shot down over Tal Afar, Iraq; both pilots safe. Incident highlighted in TV Documentary Kiowa Down.[126]
  • USAF Roundel 11 August – CH-53E Super Stallion 164782 from HMM-166 (Reinforced) crashes in the Al-Anbar province, killing two Marines and wounding three others.
  • USAF Roundel 8 August – OH-58D(I) Kiowa 96-0015 made emergency landing north of Baghdad after being hit by RPG. Crew unhurt.[127]
  • USAF Roundel 5 August – UH-1N Huey 160439 from HMM-166 shot down near Najaf; crew wounded.[128] Helicopter was later written off.[129]
  • RAF Roundel 19 July – near Basra, a British HC.1 Aérospatiale Puma XW221 of 33 RAF Squadron crashes, killing one crewman and injuring two others.[130]
  • USAF Roundel 24 June – AH-1W SuperCobra 163939 shot down in Fallujah; pilots safe.[131]
  • USAF Roundel 12 June – OH-58D(R) Kiowa 94-0171 from A Company, 1–25th Aviation Regiment crashes north of Baghdad; both pilots safe.[132]
  • USAF Roundel 26 April – OH-58D(I) Kiowa 91-0567 from P Troop, 4th Squadron, 2d ACR made emergency landing at Kut after engine problem and burned out. Both crewmembers safe.[60]
  • USAF Roundel 16 April – CH-47D Chinook 92-0301 from C Company/193rd Aviation Brigade (Hawaii Army National Guard) makes hard landing during sandstorm and was later destroyed. Crew memberssafe.[133]
  • USAF Roundel 12 April – MH-53M Pave Low 69-5797 of 16th SOW/20th SOS shot down by RPG near Fallujah, three on board are wounded. Helicopter was later destroyed.[134][135]
  • USAF Roundel 11 April – An AH-64D Apache 02-5301 from C Company, 1–227 Aviation Regiment, 4th BCT, 1st Cavalry Division shot down west of Baghdad, killing both pilots.
  • USAF Roundel 7 April – OH-58D Kiowa crashes near Baquba after being hit by ground fire; pilots rescued.
  • USAF Roundel 30 March – Two AH-1W SuperCobras 163947 and 164595 of HMLA-775 collide near Al Taqaddum, Iraq; pilots rescued. Both helicopters destroyed.[86][131]

19 March - AH-6J, 25364, 1-160th, shot down vicinity of Amiriyah by SA-XX while conducting precision close air support during day ops. 2 x pilots rescued by Special Operations forces.

  • USAF Roundel 11 March – CH-46E Sea Knight 153389 from HMM-161 makes hard landing in brownout conditions in Al Anbar province; took additional damage during transportation and later was written off.[124]
  • USAF Roundel 25 February – OH-58D(R) Kiowa 97-0124 crashes in Iraq with 4th Squadron, 3d ACR, after striking electrical wires west of Baghdad, killing the two pilots.[63][136]
  • USAF Roundel 25 January – An OH-58D Kiowa (93-0957) from 3–17 Cavalry Regiment crashes into the Tigris River during a rescue mission, after hitting electrical wires, killing both pilots.[63]
  • USAF Roundel 23 January – An OH-58D Kiowa (93-0950) from 3–17 Cavalry Regiment crashes just after take-off outside Mosul, killing both pilots.[63]
  • USAF Roundel 13 January – AH-64 Apache from 4th Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment shot down near Habbaniyah, pilots rescued.


  • USAF Roundel 8 January – A UH-60 Black Hawk (86-24488) from 571st Medical Company (Air Ambulance) shot down near Fallujah, killing 9 crew and passengers.[139][140][141]
  • USAF Roundel 2 January – An OH-58D Kiowa 90-0370 from 1–17 Cavalry Regiment (assigned to 1–82 Aviation Brigade) shot down near Fallujah, killing a pilot.[63]
  • USAF Roundel 1 January – UH-60L Black Hawk 93-26514 from 4–101st Aviation Regiment makes hard landing.[142]


U.S. Army AH-64 Apache that crashed in central Iraq in November 2003.
  • USAF Roundel 11 December – AH-64D Apache from 1–101st Aviation Regiment crash-lands due to the APU clutch failing and starting a fire in flight and subsequently is burned to the ground 15 miles (24 km) south of Mosul. The pilots survived.[143]
  • USAF Roundel 9 December – An OH-58 Kiowa helicopter is hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, forcing a crash landing. Both crewmembers survive.[144][145]
  • USAF Roundel 25 November – OH-58D Kiowa 96-0040 crashes after its tail rotor struck ground.[127]
  • USAF Roundel 21 November – OH-58D Kiowa 92-0605 from D Troop, 1–17 Cavalry Regiment written off, reason unknown.[133]
  • USAF Roundel 15 November – Two UH-60L Black Hawks from 4–101st Aviation Regiment(93-26531) and 9–101st Aviation Regiment(94-26548) collide and crash after one aircraft coming under fire; 6 and 11 soldiers (crew and passengers) on board are killed, respectively, and 5 others on board the first AC are injured in Mosul.[146][147]
  • USAF Roundel 7 November – UH-60L Black Hawk 92-26413 (or 92-26431) from 5–101 Aviation Regiment shot down by a MANPAD near Tikrit; all four crew, and both passengers from the Department of the Army are killed.[148]
  • USAF Roundel 2 November – near Fallujah, CH-47D Chinook 91-0230 of Detachment 1/F Company/106th Aviation Brigade shot down with an SA-7 missile; 16 soldiers killed, 26 wounded.[149][150][151]
  • USAF Roundel 30 October – AH-64D Apache 00-5211 (ex AH-64A 86-9009) of 6–6th Cavalry Regiment crashes near Balad AAF, Iraq, and burned out. Both crewmembers are safe.[152]
  • USAF Roundel 25 October – UH-60L Black Hawk 96-26653 From B co. 3-158 Avn. Regt. of the 12th Avn. BDE crashes and burns out after being hit by an SA-7 missile near Tikrit, 1 soldier injured. This reference story is incorrect. From the Plt. Sgt. that maintained the aircraft. P.O.C. commander the aircraft belonged to, CPT Scott Halter.[153]
  • USAF Roundel 23 October – AH-64D Apache 00-5219 (ex AH-64A 86-8972) from 1–101st Aviation Regiment crashes in Iraq while approaching to land at Kirkuk. The APU clutch failed and started a fire in flight. Aircraft landed safely but fuselage was almost completely burnt through.[152]
  • USAF Roundel 13 October – OH-58D Kiowa (93-0991) from C Troop, 1–17th Cavalry Regiment crashes inside Iraq, pilots survive.[154]
  • USAF Roundel 7 October – OH-58D Kiowa (92-0578) crashes inside Iraq, pilots survive.[133]
  • USAF Roundel 2 September – A soldier is killed as a UH-60L Black Hawk from 2–501st Aviation Regiment rolls over during a nighttime troop insertion southwest of Baghdad.[155]
  • USAF Roundel 28 August – CH-47D Chinook 88-0098 from F Company/159th Aviation Brigade written off in Iraq.[156]
  • USAF Roundel 14 August – AH-64D Apache 01-5241 (ex AH-64A 87-0507) of 1–14th Aviation Regiment crashes in Iraq.[157]
  • USAF Roundel 19 June – AH-64A Apache 87-0498 of R Troop, 4th Squadron, 3d ACR makes hard landing following inflight fire. Helicopter is written off.[123]
  • USAF Roundel 12 June – AH-64D Apache of 101st Aviation Brigade helicopter shot down near Baghdad, both crewmembers survive.[158]
  • USAF Roundel 19 May – CH-46E Sea Knight 156424 of HMM-364 crashes in Al-Hilla, killing four Marines; another Marine drowns trying to rescue the crew.[159]
  • USAF Roundel 9 May – UH-60A Black Hawk 86-24507 of 571st Medical Company (AA) crashes into Tigris River, the vicinity of Samarrah, Iraq killing two pilots and crew chief. One more soldier was injured.[160]
  • USAF Roundel 6 May – OH-58D Kiowa 94-0163 of N Troop, 4th Squadron, 3d ACR crashes near Al Asad and burns out. One crewmember injured.[132]
  • USAF Roundel 30 April – A Marine CH-53E Super Stallion 162486 of HMH-465 crashes near Najaf and burns out. Crew escaped.[128]
  • USAF Roundel 14 April – A Marine AH-1W SuperCobra 163940 of HMLA-169 crashes near Samarra, injuring both pilots. Helicopter was later destroyed.[131]
  • USAF Roundel 6 April – UH-60 Black Hawk 93-26522 from B Company, 4–101st Aviation Regiment crashes inside Iraq, crew survive.[161]
  • USAF Roundel 5 April – AH-1W SuperCobra 161020 of HMLA-267 crashes, killing both pilots.[162]
  • USAF Roundel 2 April – A UH-60A Black Hawk (94-26557) of B Company, 2–3rd Aviation Regiment is shot down near Karbala, killing 7 soldiers and injuring 4 more.[163]
  • USAF Roundel 31 March – AH-64D Apache 84-24201 of C Company, 1–3rd Aviation Regiment crashes on landing in Iraq, injuring the two pilots. Helicopter was written off.[164]
  • USAF Roundel 30 March – UH-1N Huey 160620 of HMLA-169 crashes; three die.[165]
  • USAF Roundel 28 March – Two AH-64D Apaches, 97-5032 of A Company and 98-5068 of B Company, 2–101st Aviation Regiment crash in Iraq; one pilot injured.[166]
  • USAF Roundel 28 March – OH-58D Kiowa 95-0006 from A Troop, 2–17th Cavalry Regiment crashes in Iraq, pilots survive.[167]
  • USAF Roundel 27 March – OH-58D Kiowa 95-0024 from C Troop, 2–17th Cavalry Regiment crashes in Iraq, pilots survive.[167]
  • USAF Roundel 26 March – UH-1N Huey 160444 of HMLA-269 makes hard landing in sandstorm and is written off.[128]
  • USAF Roundel 23 March – AH-64D Apache 85-25407 from C Company, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 4th BCT, 1st Cavalry Division shot down during attack on Republican Guard; two pilots taken prisoner.[168] Helicopter was supposedly destroyed by Coalition forces, but Iraqi TV showed an AH-64 being taken to Baghdad on a low loader.[164]
  • RAF Roundel 22 March – Two Royal Navy ASaC.7 Sea Kings XV650 'CU-182' and XV704 'R-186' of 849 Squadron/A Flight collide over the Persian Gulf, killing six British crew members and one American.[169]
  • USAF Roundel 20 March – CH-46E Sea Knight 152579 of HMM-268 crashes in Kuwait 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) from Iraqi border, killing eight British Marines of 42 CDO and four American Marines.[153]


  • USAF Roundel 19 March – MH-53M Pave Low 67-14993 of 20th SOS carrying special forces crashes in southern Iraq. No one is killed. The craft was later destroyed to prevent capture.[171]

Fixed-wing aircraft[edit]

A C-23B Sherpa, similar to the one that crashed on 26 November 2008.


  • USAF Roundel 26 November 2008 – A US Army C-23 Sherpa from 2–641 Aviation Brigade made a wheels up landing at al-Kut, while operating with Task Force 34. None of the four-man crew and seven passengers were injured.[172]
  • USAF Roundel 12 November 2008 – A USAF F-16 caught fire on takeoff. The pilot survived.[173]
  • USAF Roundel 27 June 2008 – A C-130 Hercules is damaged beyond repair in an emergency landing northeast of Baghdad International Airport. All 38 on board were transported to nearby Sather Air Base for medical evaluation. The aircraft was significantly damaged in the landing, and was deemed a write-off and destroyed.[174][175]
  • USAF Roundel 7 January 2008 – Two F/A-18 fighter jets operation from USS Harry S. Truman crashed during an Iraq-related mission in the Gulf. All three pilots were rescued.[176][177]


  • USAF Roundel 16 July 2007 – A US F-16, serial 92-3901, from the 35th FW crashed. The pilot survived. The crash was attributed to under-inflation of the landing gear tires.[178]
  • USAF Roundel 15 June 2007 – A US F-16, serial 89-2031, from the Ohio ANG crashed on takeoff at night. The pilot, Maj. Kevin Sonnenberg, was killed. The cause was not hostile fire and is believed to be pilot spatial disorientation.[179][180]
  • RAF Roundel 11 February 2007 – A British C-130 Hercules is destroyed by coalition forces after being heavily damaged in a night landing in southern Iraq; two are injured. The aircraft was struck by two improvised explosive devices placed by insurgents, upon landing at a temporary runway in Maysan Province.[181][182]


  • USAF Roundel 27 November 2006 – F-16CG, serial 90-0776, from the 524th Fighter Squadron crashes near Fallujah while on a low-altitude ground-strafing run. The pilot, Major Troy Gilbert, was killed. His body was taken by insurgents. It was never recovered.[183][184]


  • USAF Roundel 2 May 2005 – Two F/A-18C Block 39/40 Hornet fighter jets of VMFA-323, BuNos 164721 and 164732, collide over south-central Iraq, during a sortie from USS Carl Vinson, killing the two pilots.[185]
  • RAF Roundel 30 January 2005 – A British C-130K Hercules C.1P XV179 is shot down north of Baghdad, killing 9 Royal Air Force crew and one British soldier.[186][187]


  • USAF Roundel 29 December 2004 – An American Special Forces MC-130H Hercules (c/n 382-5054, 16th SOW, 15th SOS) is written off while landing on Q-West airfield near Mosul, Iraq, though no one was hurt. The pilot was unaware a large pit had been dug in the runway.[188]


Other aircraft[edit]

Several civilian and other aircraft have been shot down or crashed in Iraq as well:


  • United States 17 July 2009 – An MD-530F contracted to Xe (formerly Blackwater) crashes at Butler Range outside Baghdad. Two pilots died. The cause was not known.[201][202]


  • Russia 13 November 2008 – An Antonov An-12 crashes after takeoff from Al Asad Air Base, killing all 7 crew members.[203] Six members of the crew and one passenger died, three of them were Russians. The crew also consisted of a Belarusian, two Ukrainians and an Indian citizen.[204]


  • Georgia (country) 7 March 2007 – A privately contracted Mil Mi-8 helicopter from the Republic of Georgia crashes due to technical failures, injuring its three Ukrainian crewmembers, and several Iraqi passengers.[205]
  • United States 31 January 2007 – A Blackwater USA Bell 412 helicopter is shot down under fire near Karma during a flight between Al Hillah and Baghdad. A US military helicopter rescues the passengers and crew.[206][207]
  • United States 23 January 2007 – A Blackwater USA MD 530F helicopter is shot down by hostile fire in Baghdad. All of the 5-man crew are killed in the incident, likely executed after surviving the crash. One survivor was also killed under unclear circumstances, when another Blackwater helicopter descended to the crash site.[208][209]
  • Moldova 9 January 2007 – A Moldovan Antonov An-26 crashes near Balad in the 2007 Balad aircraft crash, killing 34 of the 35 on board.[210]


  • Iraq 30 May – A Comp Air 7SL aircraft with the Iraqi Air Force crashes in eastern Iraq, killing four Americans and an Iraqi on board.[211]
  • Bulgaria 21 April – A Bulgarian Mil Mi-8 is shot down north of Baghdad, killing the 11 civilians on board. Casualties consisted of six American contractors, three Bulgarian pilots – one of whom is executed shortly after the crash – and two Fijian gunners.[212][213][214]

Summary per type[edit]

Summing up the above list we have the following tables:

Rotary-wing losses

137 (47 to hostile fire, ***4 destroyed on the ground by mortar fire)

Type # Hostile fire
OH-58 Kiowa 33 13
AH-64 Apache 31 16***
UH-60 Black Hawk 24 7
AH-1W Super Cobra 8 3
CH-47 Chinook 7 1
CH-46 Sea Knight 6 1
CH-53E Super Stallion 4
SA 330 Puma 4
Mil Mi-17 3 1
MH-53 Pave Low 2 1
SH-3 Sea King 2
UH-1N Huey 2 1
Bell-412 2 1
MD530F 2 1
Westland Lynx 2 1
CH-53D Sea Stallion 1
Mil Mi-8 Hip 3
PZL W-3 Sokół 2

Fixed-wing losses

24 (*2 to hostile fire, **2 to friendly fire)

Type #
F/A-18 Hornet 5/1**
F-16 Falcon 5
C-130 Hercules 4/1*
A-10 Warthog 1*
AV-8 Harrier 1
F-14 Tomcat 1
F-15E Strike Eagle 1
S-3 Viking 1
Tornado GR4 1**
C-23 Sherpa 1
Aerocomp Comp Air 7 1
Antonov An-26 1
Antonov An-12 1

Summary per year[edit]

Summing up the above list we have the following tables:

Year Total Hostile fire Other reason Human casualties
2010 3 0 3 8
2009 4 1 3 7
2008 7 1 6 18
2007 25 16 9 49
2006 14 6 8 52
2005 13 3 10 45
2004 29 11 18 30
2003 34 7 27 68
Total 129 46 83 277

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