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Pilot Killed, 20 Injured in Iraqi Helicopter Crash on Shingal Mission

By Rudaw 12/8/2014
Yezidi families reaching Kurdistan Region.
Yezidi families reaching Kurdistan Region.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – An Iraqi army helicopter crashed on a mission to Mount Shingal where thousands of Kurdish Yezidis have been trapped, killing the pilot and wounding 20 on board, including an MP.

"Today a plane delivering aid to the refugees in Shingal Mountain lost stability and crashed," a source told Rudaw.

The 20 on board who were wounded included Vian Dakhil, a Kurdish-Yezidi MP in the Iraqi parliament and Yadgar Mirani, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the source said.

The injured were flown to Zakho hospitals.

The Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter belonged to the Iraqi army and crashed due to “a technical fault,” according to military spokesman General Qassim Atta.

Thousands of Yezidis have been trapped on Mount Shingal for more than a week, after fleeing from Islamic State (IS) militants who captured the town of Shingal, reportedly killing and kidnapping hundreds of Yezidis.

Vian Dakhil made an emotional plea last week in the Iraqi parliament about the Yezidis being slaughtered, demanding Iraqi government and the international community to save the Yezidis form extermination.

That plea was heard by US President Barack Obama, who authorized American airstrikes against IS positions on Thursday.

“Earlier this week, one Iraqi in the area cried to the world, 'There is no one coming to help,’” Obama said in a speech Thursday, quoting Dakhil. “Well, today America is coming to help,” he said.




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Hersh | 12/8/2014
Our condolences to the family of the pilot, we hope everyone who was injured make a quick recovery, if the corrupt authorities in Baghdad didn't steal and wast billions of dollars every year Iraq would have better helicopters then these 50 year old soviet antiques.
Kurdishwoman | 12/8/2014
Dakhil is a true politician, she loves her people. I hope she gets well soon and fights for Yazidies. Bezhy Kurdistan and bezhy peshmargae Kurdistan! Marg u naman Bo ISIS ve konaparesty
AKRAM ARGUSHI | 12/8/2014
We are sadden by the news of the helicopter crash in Sinjar mountain today. As a kurd We stand together and pray for speedy recovery for all the injured. We are really proud of kak Fadhil Merani who is in front line with our hero Peshmerga and also his sons are helping every way they can. we pray for all the injured and kak Fadhil Merani's son Yadgar who got injured today by helping our people. we urge all the Kurds to unite together and stand against the ISIS terrorist. we can only win with one voice GOD BLESS KURDISTAN GOD BLESS SAROK BARZANI GOD BLESS PESHMERGA
Basrawii | 12/8/2014
The helicopters are new, the problem is that they were overloaded, every time these guys in the Iraqi air force and peshmerga fly joint missions to send in food and supplies to the trapped civilians, they try to take back as much people with them as possible. Overload was the technical issue. RIP to the hero pilot and fast recovery for those injured!
John Morris | 12/8/2014
I pledge my support to the Iraqi people and especially the many ethnic groups. Vian Dakhil is an impressive and impassioned person and representative of her people. I wish her a speedy and full recovery and hope the Iraq people gain the support to defend themselves against the attacks of radical groups who do not subscribe to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which must be a foundation stone Globally. John Morris
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