BAGHDAD, Iraq – A senior U.S. military official tells FOX News that a transport plane hit by small arms fire after taking off Sunday from Baghdad (search) was not an American plane, but rather belonged to a foreign nation.
At least one person was killed in the attack.
The aircraft took off at approximately 5:30 p.m. and was struck about 12 miles west of the airport, the officials said on condition of anonymity. It returned to Baghdad International Airport (search) and landed safely.
Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, coalition deputy operations chief, confirmed the attack but did not specify the exact location. Kimmitt told AP that "one of the personnel" aboard was wounded and later died. He did not say how many people were on the plane.
Pilots have in the past reported ground fire near the airport, located on the capital's western edge.
On Jan. 8, a C-5 transport plane with 63 passengers and crew limped safely back Baghdad's airport after being struck by fire from insurgents.
In December, guerrillas hit a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane with a surface-to-air missile shortly after it took off from Baghdad, causing the engine to explode. The plane returned to the airport and landed safely, with only one of the 16 people aboard slightly injured.
On Nov. 23 a plane operated by the global package delivery service DHL was struck by a missile near Baghdad and was forced to make an emergency landing. There were no casualties.