All the 7 personnel on board were killed after a Mi-17 V5 crashed in Arunachal Pradesh this morning. The news of the crash was confirmed by the Indian Air Force.
All the 7 personnel on board were killed after a Mi-17 V5 crashed in Arunachal Pradesh this morning, reported CNN-News 18. The news of the crash was confirmed by the Indian Air Force. The incident took place in the morning at around 6 am. The crash reportedly took place in the Tawang region of Arunachal Pradesh when the aircraft was on an air maintenance. Earlier, ANI had reported that 5 personnel were killed while one was critically injured. The IAF also confirmed that a court of inquiry has been ordered by the authorities. “Around 6 AM today, a Mi-17 V5 helicopter while on an Air Maintenance mission crashed in Arunachal Pradesh. Court of Inquiry ordered,” IAF was quoted saying by ANI.
The Mi-17V-5 (domestic designation Mi-8MTV-5) is a military transport variant in the Mi-8/17 family of helicopters. It is produced by Kazan Helicopters, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters. It joined the Indian fleet after the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed an order for 12 Mi-17V5 helicopters during the Aero India show held in February 2013.
A contract of $1.3bn was awarded to the Russian Helicopters for 80 helicopters in December 2008 by Indian MoD. The delivery of these choppers began in 2011 and 36 helicopters were delivered by early 2013. Rosoboronexport and the Indian MoD signed an agreement for a batch of Mi-17V-5 helicopters in December 2012. The new orders were part of the contract signed in 2008.
Coming to the features, the Mi-17 V-5 has a maximum takeoff weight of 13,000kg. It can transport either 36 armed soldiers internally or 4,500kg of load on a sling. The large cabin of the helicopter offers a floor area of 12.5m² and an effective space of 23m³. The standard portside door and ramp at rear allow for the quick ingress and egress of troops and cargo. It is known for flying in tropical and maritime climates, and desert conditions.