Iraq Helicopter Gunship Crash Kills Four
Fakhir Rizvi 4 years ago Wed 04th January 2017 | 03:40 PM
BAGHDAD, Jan 4, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 04th Jan, 2017 ) - An Iraqi attack helicopter crashed Wednesday south of the Mosul battlefield, killing all four crew members, security officials said.
"During an army aviation mission this morning, an aircraft crashed due to a technical failure," the Joint Operations Command coordinating the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group said in a statement.
"They were heading to Qayyarah on a routine mission," he said, referring to an area that has been the main military hub south of Mosul since the launch on October 17 of an operation to retake the city from IS.
The helicopter was a Russian-made Mi-35 gunship, he said. He said that the intensity of the war on IS recently meant that the necessary maintenance work on such helicopters was not always satisfactory. "There is a lot of strain on these aircraft, that have ust kept flying lately," the captain said, speaking on condition of anonymity.