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Up To 15 Dead In British Plane Crash In Iraq

31 January 2005 -- Reports quoting British military officials say between 10 and 15 British military personnel are believed to have been killed in the crash of a transport plane in Iraq.

Officials have given no cause for the crash of the Hercules C-130 transport plane yesterday northwest of Baghdad.

Prime Minister Tony Blair paid tribute to those who had been killed.

"This is the true face of the British Army -- brave, committed, professional the world over, doing an extraordinary job, on behalf of their country. Yet again today, we see the sacrifice that they make. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives," Blair said.

Officials said the plane was flying from Baghdad to Balad, where there is a U.S. air base, when it went down.