An Indonesian Army Mi-17 helicopter crashed during a training exercise on Indonesia’s Java island on June 6 claiming the lives of four soldiers.
The helicopter crashed and caught fire while carrying out a flight training mission at the AD Aviation Education Center, Semarang, Central Java, as part of the Pilots Officer 1 Candidate Education program. The crash occurred at around 13.40 afternoon and the crash site is in Kaliwungu, Kec. Kendal.
According to an Army official, five others were also injured in the incident who were evacuated and taken to the nearest hospital.
“The incident killed four crew members and injured five others,” said a statement from Brigadier General Nefra Firdaus, an Indonesian Army spokesman.
According to Brigadier General Firdaus, the helicopter had undergone a pre-flight check prior to the accident and was found to be in good condition. He added that the cause of the accident is under investigation.
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.