Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
Games
Games
Chat
Chat
Vote
Vote
Win
Win
Quiz
Quiz
Club
Club
 Homepage
 UK
 World
 Sport
 Music
 TV/Film
 Animals
 Sci/Tech
 Weather
 Pictures
 Find Out
 The Team

Contact Us
Help
Teachers





  RAF aircraft 'hit by US missile'
Updated 23 March 2003, 12.23
The RAF plane was hit by a US patriot missile
An RAF aircraft has been shot down by mistake by an American missile in Iraq.

It's not known how many crew were on board but a search for survivors has started.

It's thought the RAF Tornado plane was hit by a US anti-missile system which is in the Gulf to protect US and UK forces there. An investigation's been launched to find out exactly what happened.

This comes after two helicopter crashes have caused the deaths of 19 coalition troops, including 14 Britons. Both these are said to be accidents, not the result of enemy fire.

Fighting

Fighting continues on the ground as troops head toward Baghdad
In another tragedy, an American soldier has been killed and 12 others injured after a grenade attack at a US military camp in Kuwait. The main suspect - a US soldier - has now been arrested.

There's been lots of fighting on the ground on Sunday. Iraqi officials claim to have captured 35 US prisoners of war, but American military bosses say none of their soldiers have been seized.

US troops have clashed with Iraqi forces as they head towards the capital, Baghdad.

Coalition forces are just 100 miles from Baghdad, having already captured the key cities of Basra and Nassiriya.

Other main news:

  • Baghdad was bombed again overnight on Saturday, and various military and government targets were hit.
  • Iraqi officials say 266 members of the public were injured during the fighting at Basra
  • A TV journalist and two crew members for ITN are missing after they came under fire in southern Iraq


Watch/ListenBORDER=0
Hear StoryHear Story
BORDER=0

More InfoBORDER=0
UKWhat to do if the news upsets you
WorldIraq war: hour by hour updates
PicturesPix: Fighting at Umm Qasr
Find OutIraq crisis special section
ChatHow do you feel now war has started?

BORDER=0

Past StoriesBORDER=0
Key Iraqi cities are captured
8,000 Iraqi soldiers in 'mass surrender'
Iraq rocked by major bombing campaign
US launches huge attack on Iraq

BORDER=0


 


E-mail this page to a friend



Full World Section
Also in World now:
Battle rages in Iraqi rebel city
Black Watch soldier dies in Iraq
Yasser Arafat in dangerous coma
Check out our special Iraq war section
Iraq war: Daily update keeps you informed
Jet Confused by war jargon? Read our guide
Matthew Price is writing us a web diary from on board the Ark Royal Matthew's war diary: Back on dry land
Pix of the assault on Iraq
Newsround Extra: Russian street kids
Find out all about North Korea
© BBC Back to top^^
Homepage | UK | World | Sport | Music | TV/Film | Animals | Sci/Tech | Weather
Pictures | Find Out | The Team | Games | Chat | Vote | Win | Quiz | Club