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Chopper crashes during aid mission in Iraq

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Thousands of Iraq's Yazidis are stranded on a mountain in northern Iraq and are threatened by ISIS terrorists.  (Source: CBS) Thousands of Iraq's Yazidis are stranded on a mountain in northern Iraq and are threatened by ISIS terrorists. (Source: CBS)

WASHINGTON, DC (CBS) - An Iraqi helicopter delivering aid to stranded Yazidis crashed on Tuesday killing the pilot and injuring some of the passengers including a New York Times reporter. The Yazidis are a religious minority trapped by ISIS, the Islamic militants advancing through northern Iraq. 

On the run from the Islamic militants who've vowed to kill them, Iraq's Yazidis are desperate.

"There's no one to help us," one man says.

An Iraqi helicopter crashed after too many people jumped on the chopper to escape the harsh conditions.

Among the injured the Times reporter and Vian Dakhil, the only Yazidi member of Iraq's parliament. A video shows her pleading with fellow lawmakers for help a few days ago.

Murad Ismael's uncle was injured in the chopper crash too.

"They are both injured but are in hospital now," Murad said.

Ismael and several Yazidis are in Washington, DC, using their knowledge of the region to help guide the U.S. government to friends and family trapped by ISIS fighters.

"Seeing all of this death taking place, all of these stories. We've processed every little bit of information that is coming to us, and it's shredding our hearts and our soul to pieces," he said.

They've created maps to help deliver humanitarian aid, and the U.S. is using C17s to drop food and water.

Fighter jets and drones are also targeting ISIS targets near the mountain where the Yazidis are trapped, and near the Kurdish city of Erbil where U.S. military advisers and diplomats are staying.

CBS News has learned the Obama administration is considering sending more advisers to Erbil to help deliver weapons, coordinate airstrikes and work on ways to get the Yazidis off the mountain.

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