The Iraqi defense ministry reported on Tuesday that during their involvement in a significant security operation for provincial elections, a military helicopter carrying Iraqi airmen crashed, resulting in the death of one airman and injuring another.
The aircraft encountered a “technical problem” shortly after takeoff from an air base outside Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk, on Monday evening and crashed, killing the pilot and injuring the second officer, the ministry said.
Monday’s provincial council elections were the first in a decade but passed off without incident, despite a persistent threat from holdout jihadists operating from remote desert and mountain areas.
The electoral commission reported turnout of 41 percent. Preliminary results were due later Tuesday.