Mount Sinjar, Iraq (4E) – An Iraqi military helicopter crashed in northern Iraq’s Mount Sinjar after delivering food to Yazidis trapped in the mountain on Tuesday killing the pilot and injuring a New York Times correspondent and photographer.
The accident also injured a Time magazine photographer, an Iraqi parliamentarian, four Kurdish militias and the passengers.
The injured correspondent is 56-year-old Alissa J. Rubin, chief of the newspaper’s Paris bureau. She suffered a broken wrist and concussion.
Freelance photographer Adam Ferguson, 35, suffered a sore jaw and minor bumps.
The helicopter crashed upside down after taking off, according to Ferguson.
Two rescue helicopters were dispatched to the scene and airlifted the injured people to a peshmerga base, said Fouad Hussein, the chief of staff for the president of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani. Peshmerga refers to Kurdish soldiers.
Rubin and Ferguson were taken to a hospital in Zakho, a town near the Turkish border.
Overloading or pilot error is suspected as the cause of the crash.