Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Sikkim

An Indian Air Force Mi-17 medium-lift transport helicopter, with six people on board, made an emergency landing near Mukutang in Sikkim on Thursday due to bad weather.

The helicopter was on a routine air maintenance sortie from Chaten to Mukutang and it sustained damage in the incident. Out of the six people on board the helicopter, four were IAF aircrew and two were Indian Army personnel.

The Mi-17 and its crew were recovered safely in a joint operation conducted by the Indian Air Force and the Army, said an IAF statement on the incident. Two helicopters and an Army ground search party was launched for the rescue operation.

An investigation has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident, according to an IAF spokesperson.

Mil Mi-17

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. Recent exports to China and Venezuela for use in high mountains have the new Klimov VK-2500 version of the Klimov TV3-117 engine with FADEC control.

More than 12,000 Mi-17/ Mi-8M variants are produced and are in operation in more than 60 countries.

Indian Air Force Mi-17V-5 Helicopter
Mil Mi-17V-5 medium-lift helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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