Month: August 2012

Two Indian Air Force Mil Mi-17 Helicopters Collide In Mid Air: Nine Fatalities

Two Indian Air Force Mil Mi-17 Helicopters Collide In Mid Air: Nine Fatalities

Headline
Two Indian Air Force Mil Mi-17 helicopters crashed near the town of Jamnagar in Gujarat state on Thursday August 30th 2012. The 2 choppers had taken off from nearby Jamanagar airbase for a routine training flight. The mid air collision which occurred around 12:05pm killed all nine airmen on board the chopper. According to IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Gerard Galway quoted in New Delhi by Gulfnews, the nine fatalities aboard the 2 choppers were three wing commanders, a squadron leader, a flying officer, a junior commissioned officer and three sergeants. The same article indicates that the two aircraft reportedly flown by experienced airmen belonging to India's elite Tactical and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) began losing control after their rotors came into contact while f...