Russian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter Crashes in Crimea Killing Pilot

A Mi-35 combat helicopter operated by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) crash-landed in the Dzhankoi area in the north of the Crimea on May 7.

The helicopter was on a scheduled training flight and was carrying three crew members. According to the latest reports, the pilot lost his life in the crash and the two other crew members were seriously injured.

The reason for the crash is not known. The Mi-35 was reportedly damaged beyond repair.

The Mil Mi-35 (NATO reporting name: Hind-E) is a large helicopter gunship, attack helicopter and low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers. The helicopter, a variant of Mi-24, is produced by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant.

The Mi-24 variants, including Mi-25 and Mi-35, has been operated since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force and its successors, along with 48 other nations.

Russian Air Force Mi-35
A Russian Air Force Mi-35 combat helicopter.

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