According to the Russian Defense Ministry, one of two pilots have been killed flying a Mi-28N military helicopter during a Russian airshow.
RT Report: A pilot managed to get out of the burning aircraft, as can be seen on a video by Ruptly video agency. His health is in satisfactory condition.
While performing a stunt at the Aviamix air show on Sunday, a helicopter belonging to the Berkuty (Golden Eagles) aerobatic team suddenly banked on one side and started to lose height.
“The helicopter went into flat-attitude spin and crash-landed,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“According to preliminary report of the hospitalized pilot of Mi-28N, when performing an aerobatic stunt, the emergency alert system of the helicopter reported the failure of the hydraulic boost system,” the Defense Ministry’s press service said in a statement.
The helicopter crashed in a forest near the airfield and burst into flames on impact with the ground. Firefighters arrived at the crash site and extinguished the fire within minutes.
— RT (@RT_com) August 2, 2015
The helicopter is damaged beyond repair, RIA Novosti reports.
Russia’s Air Force Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bondarev has ordered the grounding of all Mi-28 assault helicopters following the catastrophe in central Russia, the Defense Minister reported.
“The crew fought to save the helicopter to the end. Unfortunately, the chief pilot died on impact – the co-pilot survived. According to the second pilot, the accident occurred due to technical failure. I have suspended all Mi-28 flights. The commission under my leadership is working to clarify the causes of the disaster,” Bondarev said.
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