Iraqi army helicopter crash kills seven, military says

IraqUpdated: Nov 12, 2017, 01:51 PM IST

Iraqi army helicopter crashed had due to technical malfunction previously in 2016 as well. Photograph:(Reuters)

An Iraqi army helicopter crashed during a routine flight on Sunday, killing all seven people on board, a military statement and Iraqi air force officers said.

The Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter went down near the southern province of Kut, the statement said.

Two pilots and five army officers were killed, Iraqi air force officers told Reuters.

A technical malfunction caused the crash, the military statement said. 

Iraq is slowly rebuilding its air force, once one of the world`s largest, after the US led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.