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IAF’s Mi-17 is a Trusted Old Workhorse; Here’s All About it

New Delhi, Oct 6: An Mi-17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang killing five people on board. Those killed in the tragic accident on Friday included Army and IAF personnel.

Reports say the Mi-17 chopper was on an “air maintenance mission” when it crashed around 6 am. The crash which took place two days before Air Force Day (October 8) has come as a huge setback for the force.

The helicopter, which is equipped with powerful engine, is considered a workhorse and backbone of the IAF. The force had recently ordered 48 more of these Russian-made helicopters.

ALL ABOUT Mi-17 HELICOPTER

  • Capable of carrying heavy payloads, the Mi-17 is primarily used by the IAF transport purposes.
  • The Mi-17 V5 is considered to be one of the world’s most advanced military transport helicopters.
  • The Mi-17s used in India are among the most technically advanced helicopters.
  • The Mi-17 helicopter boasts a top speed of 250 kilometers (155 miles), and has an operational range of 580 kilometers (360 miles).
  • Every Mi-17 helicopter is equipped with night vision technology and also an on-board weather radar.
  • It is also fitted with one of the best avionics systems in the world. the chopper has a large cockpit with easy-to-read multi-functional displays.
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RECENT CRASHES

Despite possessing superior technology, the IAF has lost a number of Mi-17s in the recent past.

An Mi-17 helicopter of Indian Air Force crash-landed near Mana village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in October, 2016. A few on board suffered injuries in the crash but luckily no was killed.

At least nine personnel of the Indian Air Force lost their lives when two MI-17 helicopters collided over Sarmat village, about 10 km away from the coastal town of Jamnagar in Gujarat in August, 2012.

An Mi-17 helicopter of Pawan Hans crashed while landing in the mountainous region of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh in April, 2011, killing 17 persons on board including three crew members.

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The pilot and five others had miraculously survived with serious burn injuries.

29 IAF aircraft crashed in last five years

Twenty-nine aircraft of the Indian Air Force have crashed due to technical defects and human error over the last five years, the government hasdsaid in July.

“During the last five financial years (2012-13 to 2016- 17) and the current year (upto July 18), 29 fighter jets including five Sukhoi-30 and three trainer have crashed. Technical defects and human error were the main causes of the accidents,” Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State in the Defence Ministry had said in a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha.

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