An Indian Air Force Mi-17 transport helicopter has crashed in the Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday morning killing six personnal, according to local reports.
The helicopter got airborne from Srinagar airfield at 1000 hrs for a routine mission and crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam at 10.05 am. The helicopter reportedly broke into two and caught fire immediately, according to officials.
All six personnel on board the helicopter, suffered fatal injuries. The identity of the deceased could not be confirmed immediately.
A Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been ordered to investigate the accident.
Mil Mi-17 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.
The Mi-17V-5 is the export version of the Mi-8MTV-5. They are powered by two Klimov TV3-117VM turboshaft engines and equipped with a loading ramp instead of the clam-shell doors, an additional door and a new “dolphin nose”.
These helicopters are intended for the transport of goods and machinery weighing up to 4 tons, and can be equipped with rocket-cannon armament. The helicopter can be operated in dark at low and extremely low altitudes, and can be landed on on unprepared sites. They are also equipped with modern communication systems.
First deliveries of the type to the Russian Air Force (VVS) took place in 2012. Russia currently receives improved Mi-8 MTV-5-1s.
More than 12,000 Mi-17/ Mi-8M variants are produced and are in operation in more than 60 countries.