An Iraqi Air Force Cessna 208 Caravan plane crashed on Wednesday northwest of the oil city of Kirkuk, and its two pilots and a crew member were reported missing, an Iraqi military spokesman said.
The single turbo-propeller plane was on a “reconnaissance and combat mission” over territory held by DAESH terrorist group in northern Iraq, the spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told Reuters.
An investigation is under way to determine if the plane was shot down by terrorists or crashed because of a technical failure, he said.
The Amaq news agency said that the plane had been shot down and that five people on board had been killed.
A video was reportedly posted by Amaq showing a plane falling to the ground in the Hawija region.
Wreckage and human body parts were also shown in the video.
DAESH claimed the attack in a twitter post.
A senior military official in Kirkuk said that such an operation would further increase the pressure on Hawijah, which is DAESH's main remaining hub east of the Tigris.