Baghdad An American Chinook helicopter crashed early today as it was landing in southern Iraq, killing seven U.S. soldiers, the military said.
The CH-47 Chinook was landing after midnight about 60 miles west of Basra at the time of the crash, the U.S. statement said.
A spokesman for the Multi-National Force-Iraq confirmed to The Associated Press that the helicopter had crashed. He said five had died, and the bodies of two soldiers who had originally been missing were found.
The spokesman said hostile fire was not suspected.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to provide details.
The chopper was a part of an aerial convoy flying 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 to combat and other regions.
The statement said the incident was under investigation.
Separately, a U.S. soldier died of noncombat-related causes on Wednesday, and an investigation into the cause of death was under way, the military said.