Mi-8 helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on Sunday, September 2, killing 12 people. This is reported by Interfax.
According to preliminary information, the helicopter belonged to the Moldovan company Valan International Cargo. It collapsed from a height of 15 meters shortly after take-off from the military base of the 209 Corps of the Afghan Army located in Mazar-i-Sharif.
The helicopter carried out a mission under a contract with the UN. On its board were three crew members (citizens of Ukraine) and 11 Afghan soldiers. It is known that two Ukrainians and 10 Afghans died.
Earlier Ukroboronprom, the country’s leading defense enterprise, successfully tested the upgraded Mi-8MSB helicopter, the company’s press service reported December 16.
“The helicopter’s flight range and loading capacity have been increased, and the fuel consumption rate was cut down”, reads the message by the Ukroboronprom’s press service.
The company said that new turbo-shaft engines were set up in the helicopter, which makes it reliable and capable of working in various climate conditions. The Mi-8MSB’s construction involves a number of designers’ ideas that meet the requirements of fifth-generation helicopters.
Mi-8MSB can complete tasks of any complexity and may be used for various purposes, such as emergency control, cargo transportation, irrigation et cetera.
Previously, Ukroboronprom designed and developed Verba, the multiple missile launch system based on the Soviet analogue, widely known as Grad.