* New York Times reporter also injured
* Crash put down to technical fault
* Helicopter was helping stranded Yazidis
BAGHDAD, Aug 12 An Iraqi army helicopter
carrying aid and evacuating displaced members of the Yazidi
minority in northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday, in an accident
that killed the pilot and wounded passengers, a government
A Yazidi member of parliament, Vian Dakheel, was among those
injured, the prime minister's military spokesman, Qassim Atta,
told a televised news conference.
During a parliament session this month, Dakheel broke into
tears describing the plight of her fellow Yazidis, who have fled
hardline Sunni militants of the Islamic State during their
onslaught in northern Iraq.
The New York Times reported that one of its reporters,
Alissa Rubin, was also injured in the crash, suffering "an
apparent concussion and broken wrists".
Aircraft have been dropping food and other supplies to
Yazidis who have taken refuge in remote mountains. The United
Nations said on Tuesday that 20,000 to 30,000 Yazidis may still
be sheltering on the arid Mount Sinjar.
(Reporting by Raheem Salman; Writing by Alexander Dziadosz;
Editing by Robin Pomeroy)