An Afghan National Army (ANA) Mi-17 helicopter performed an emergency landing due to technical faults in the village of Basirkhelo, located in the Darqad district of northern Takhar province, during afternoon hours on Feb. 10, 2018.
According to local reports, no one was injured in the incident and the landing took place in the area under government control. But the landing was hard and the helicopter is badly damaged after the landing.
However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the copter was shot down by the fighters, killing all security personnel onboard.
The Mi-17 involved in the incident was one of the two helicopters that arrived in the area as part of the ongoing offensive by the security forces in the Mawara-i-Kokcha area.
Mil Mi-17 (NATO reporting name: Hip) is a Russian helicopter in production at two factories in Kazan and Ulan-Ude.
It is known as the Mi-8M series in Russian service. It is a medium twin-turbine transport helicopter. There are also armed gunship versions.
Developed from the basic Mi-8 airframe, the Mi-17 was fitted with the larger Klimov TV3-117MT engines, rotors, and transmission developed for the Mi-14, along with fuselage improvements for heavier loads. Optional engines for “hot and high” conditions are the 1545 kW (2070 shp) Isotov TV3-117VM.
Mi-17V-5 is the export version of the Mi-8MTV-5. This variant is designated CH-178 by the Canadian Armed Forces.