Iraqi Air Force lost one of its Cessna-208s in the vicinity of Hawjah near Kirkuk today. According to ISIS militants, the aircraft was shot down by a 57mm machine-gun. It can be identified as serial "YI-119" (c/n "208B-1309") and was delivered on August 9th, 2011. The type is an AC-208 and was used as an attack airplane by the using of its two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and was part of the 3rd Attack and Reconnaissance Squadron. The three crew members (Brigadier General Ali Falih, Col. Mohammed Kazem and Maj. Mohamed Abdel Wahab) were killed in the crash.
The three crew members of the AC-208B serial "YI-119" : Brigadier General Ali Falih, Col. Mohammed Kazem and Maj. Mohamed Abdel Wahab
The AC-208 Combat Caravan was developed by ATK from the passenger and utility aircraft Cessna 208 Caravan. By adding intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance features, ATK developed the ISR version (RC-208). The counter insurgency (COIN) version of the plane (AC-208) was developed under the Combat Caravan program of the US as part of the government's effort to rebuild the Iraqi Air Force in 2008 and was converted variant from the cargo/ISR plane. Iraqi Air Force received twelve Cessna-208s : three RC-208Bs (Reconnaissance), five TC-208Bs (Training) and four AC-208Bs (Attack). By the end of July 2015, the AC-208Bs have fired more than 1,600 Hellfire missiles (1770 end October).