CDS Bipin Rawat dies in chopper crash: Here’s a look at accident history of IAF’s Mi-17
The death of CDS General Bipin Rawat and others in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday shines the spotlight on the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters, which has a history of accidents in India.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 other persons who were on board IAF’s Mi-17V5 chopper died after it crashed near Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday. The Indian Air Force (IAF), in a tweet, confirmed the death of CDS Rawat.
The death of CDS Bipin Rawat and others on Wednesday shines the spotlight on the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters, which have a history of accidents in India.
The Mi-17V5 is a modern transport helicopter used by the Indian Air Force. The chopper is designed to carry personnel, cargo and equipment inside its cargo cabin or on an external sling. The helicopter is capable of dropping tactical air assault forces and reconnaissance teams.
Manufactured by Russia’s Kazan Helicopters, the chopper has a range of 1,065 km. The helicopter can carry a maximum load of 13,000 kilograms, flying at a maximum speed of 250 km per hour. But the Russian-made Mi-series choppers have been involved in a number of crashes over the past 10 years. As many as five accidents have taken place since 2010, claiming the lives of at least 42 people. Here are the crashes involving the IAF’s Mi-17 helicopters:
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