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US copter comes down in Iraq, 1 dead, 3 missing

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HADITHA, Iraq, Dec 4 (Reuters) One Marine was killed and three servicemen were missing after a US helicopter with 16 people on board made an emergency landing in a lake in western Iraq yesterday, the US military said today.

It said the Ch-46 twin-rotor Sea Knight, the Marine version of the Chinook, was carrying 16 personnel including the crew when it came down in the volatile Anbar province, heartland of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq.

Residents of Haditha, 250 km (150) northwest of Baghdad, said it came down in a lake, which had been sealed off by US forces.

''Thirteen passengers were accounted for yesterday. During search and rescue operations, one Marine was recovered from the water, but attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful,'' the military said in a statement.

It said three servicemen were still missing.

''The incident does not appear to be a result of enemy action and is currently under investigation,'' it said.

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