Helicopter was involved in evacuating people in a humanitarian emergency situation in northern Iraq. Crashed – killing the pilot (reported as “Majed”) – possibly due to overloading. Those on board included
One of the (apparently two) Mi-17s involved in this work was YI-403 (see video here). The ITV reporter quotes one flight of the Mi-17 taking as many as 50 (yes, fifty) refugees on board, desperate to escape their dire situation (see TIME video for typical flight)
Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff for the president of the Kurdistan region, attributed the crash to an accidental loss of control by the pilot when the aircraft hit a boulder as it was lifting off.
Shot down by insurgents. All 5 POB killed. The link given is reported to be the subject helicopter, but we have not been able to corroborate that. Similarly one source quotes registration YI-352 but no supporting evidence
A US helicopter belonging to the US civil support team in Iraq made an emergency landing in the northeast of Nasiryah in southern Baghdad.Â Â The helicopter had taken off from Imam Ali base west of Nasriyah. No one was hurt in the accident