Four Soldiers Killed In Indonesia Helicopter Crash

The wreckage of an Indonesian military Mi-17 helicopter is seen at a crash site in Kendal on June 6, 2020. STR / AFP

 

Four soldiers were killed and five others were injured after a helicopter crashed during a training exercise on Indonesia’s Java island on Saturday, an army official said.

The men were in the middle of a flying lesson when the MI-17 helicopter crashed and caught fire in central Java province.

“The incident killed four crew members and injured five others,” said Nefra Firdaus, Indonesian Army spokesman, in a statement.

The injured were evacuated and taken to hospital.

Firdaus said that prior to the accident the helicopter had undergone a pre-flight check and was found to be in good condition.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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Russian Military Helicopter Crashes Outside Moscow

The downdraft from a police helicopter blows away surf from beachside rocks in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, on May 14, 2020. Sem VAN DER WAL / ANP / AFP
PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE STORY: The downdraft from a police helicopter blows away surf from beachside rocks in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, on May 14, 2020. Sem VAN DER WAL / ANP / AFP

 

A Russian army Mi-8 helicopter crashed outside Moscow during a training flight on Tuesday, killing the crew, the defence ministry said.

“As a result of a crash landing the crew of the helicopter died of their wounds,” the defence ministry said.

Defence ministry spokespeople, reached by AFP, declined to specify how many crew members had died.

But Russian news agencies, citing emergencies services, said three people died.

The helicopter, which did not carry ammunition, crashed in a secluded area some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the town of Klin outside Moscow around 8 pm, the ministry said.

It added that a ministry commission had been dispatched to the scene to look into the causes of the crash.

Citing preliminary information, the ministry said that a “technical malfunction” was believed to have caused the crash.

The Mi-8 is a Soviet-designed twin-turbine helicopter and is often used to transport civilians or troops.

In 2018, a Mi-8 helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia, killing all 18 people on board including three crew members.

Helicopter Crash: Remains Of Kobe Bryant, Eight Others Recovered

Investigators work at the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant on January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

 

The bodies of all nine people aboard the helicopter that crashed near Los Angeles killing NBA legend Kobe Bryant have been recovered, the coroner’s office said Tuesday.

Three bodies were retrieved from the wreckage by a special response team Sunday, and the remaining six on Monday, it said.

The remains were “removed from the crash site and transported to the department’s forensic science centre,” the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said in a statement.

Investigators are examining the bodies and working to identify the individual remains.

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Helicopter Carrying Bolivian President Makes Emergency Landing

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales delivers a press conference in La Paz on October 31, 2019.
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An helicopter carrying Bolivia’s President Evo Morales made an emergency landing Monday due to a mechanical problem, the military said, raising suspicions among his supporters after opponents vowed to oust him.

No one was hurt, the air force said, but the incident fuelled tensions in the country where protesters have been rallying against the leftist president for two weeks following his disputed re-election.

The mechanical glitch happened as the helicopter was taking off from a village in the Andes where Morales had been inaugurating a new road, it said. Video of the incident circulated on social media.

“Brothers, today, after opening the road in Colquiri, we had an incident with the helicopter that will be properly investigated,” Morales tweeted later after resuming work at government headquarters.

The air force said it was investigating the causes of the fault.

The EC-145 helicopter “had a mechanical fault in the tail rotor during take-off, which prompted an emergency landing,” the Bolivian Air Force said in a statement.

On Saturday, a conservative opposition leader in the eastern Santa Cruz region, Luis Fernando Camacho, threatened to “take decisive action” on Monday night to drive Morales from power.

Former interior minister Hugo Moldiz in a Twitter message branded the helicopter incident “a criminal attack.”

Morales has accused his opponents of plotting a coup against him.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a staunch ally of Morales, tweeted his “deep solidarity and support for our Indian chief of the south, who has emerged unscathed from an air crash.

“The immortal spirit of our ancestors and liberators protect you. A hug, Brother President!”

Foreign Minister Diego Pary condemned what he said was an ongoing coup d’etat in the country in a speech to an extraordinary session of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) permanent council in Washington.

“The selective aggression of citizens and the security forces, the call on the Armed Forces and the National Police to rise up, and finally the call under threat to President Evo Morales to leave the government in 48 hours, are clear evidence that there is a coup d’etat on the way that aims to break Bolivia’s democratic life leading to chaos and confrontation between Bolivians,” Pary said.

Deadly unrest has gripped the South American country since Morales was named the winner of an election on October 20 for a fourth term.

His opponents have branded the result a fraud, citing alleged irregularities in the vote count.

Morales’s rival in the polls, Carlos Mesa, has called for a new vote to be held.

Demonstrators returned to block roads in the capital La Paz on Monday in fresh protests.

In his address to supporters on Saturday, Camacho called on the military to “be on the side of the people.”

Morales responded by accusing his opponents of seeking bloodshed.

Interior Minister Carlos Romero said Monday the government had “absolute trust” in the armed forces.

Romero alleged on Sunday that “a violent confrontation is being prepared” for Monday night near the presidential palace in La Paz.

AFP

Seven Killed As Helicopter Crashes In Afghanistan

 

At least seven Afghan military personnel were killed when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in the northern Afghanistan province of Balkh on Tuesday, officials said.

According to the Afghan defence ministry, the MI-17 Afghan air force chopper crashed due to “technical faults”.

“All the seven crew members including four pilots were martyred in the incident,” the ministry said in a statement.

The helicopter had been on its way to a training mission, travelling from an army base near the provincial capital Mazar-i-Sharif when it crash landed on the outskirts of the city, officials said.

Afghanistan has a small air force equipped with fixed-wing planes and helicopters, including aircraft acquired from the United States, the Czech Republic, India and elsewhere.

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Helicopter Drops Guns For Us, Says Arrested ‘Bandit’

 

Police in Katsina State have arrested a twenty-year-old kidnapper’s errand boy, Aliyu Musa of Chediya village in Kankara LGA.

Musa told reporters in local language at the command headquarters in Katsina that he was working with a Fulani bandit since when he was young before being guided on banditry business.

He confirmed that he receives directives from his boss whenever an attack is launched to only be packing out cattle, enter shops and pack out all belongings.

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The young man adds that they were also ordered to carry out different killings.

When asked where they get the guns used for operations, Musa replied saying, ” Between me and God, in my presence a helicopter arrived and stopped half way on the sky, throwing guns. My boss, Oga Sirajo was receiving the guns over twenty of them tied with a cattle rope”.

He describes the helicopter as white in color, adding that the drop off took place in broad day light.

One Killed As Helicopter Crash-Lands On Manhattan Building

The building where a helicopter crash-landed on top is seen in midtown Manhattan in New York on June 10, 2019. Speaking at the scene New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters there had been “casualties” on board the helicopter, but that no one in the building had been hurt.
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A helicopter crash-landed on top of a high-rise in midtown Manhattan on Monday, starting a fire and leaving one person dead as the entire building shook from the impact.

“There was a helicopter hard landing on the roof of 787 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan,” the New York Police Department tweeted as emergency services flooded the area.

“The fire has been extinguished, and members continue to operate in response to fuel leaking from the helicopter. There is currently one fatality reported,” tweeted the city’s fire department.

President Donald Trump said he had been kept informed of the situation.

“I have been briefed on the helicopter crash in New York City. Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are currently on the scene. THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365! The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all,” Trump tweeted.

Speaking at the scene, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters there had been “casualties” on board the helicopter — suggesting the pilot was the person killed — and that a fire briefly broke out, but that no one in the building had been hurt.

“The preliminary information is that there was a helicopter that made a forced landing, emergency landing, or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another,” Cuomo said.

‘Whole building’ shifted

A firefighter looks up near a building where a helicopter crash-landed in midtown Manhattan in New York on June 10, 2019. Speaking at the scene New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters there had been “casualties” on board the helicopter, but that no one in the building had been hurt. Johannes EISELE / AFP

 

“People who were in the building said they felt the building shake,” the governor added.

That was confirmed by Nathan Hutton, who works in the building on the 29th floor.

“We felt the whole building shift. We thought it was an earthquake or something like that. Something small like that. Then two minutes after, the alarms went off and then security came in: ‘Everybody just grab your bag and walk out the door now!'” Hutton told AFP.

He said there was no panic, but going down the stairs “was scary because everybody from all the floors” was descending “all at the same time” — a process that took half an hour.

“There was no shouting but a little nervousness, with the occasional, ‘C’mon, move!” he added.

The city fire department urged people to avoid the area.

Five people died after a helicopter plunged into Manhattan’s east river near the upscale Upper East Side neighborhood in March 2018.

The chopper, which was owned by tourism group Liberty, was carrying six people including the pilot, who managed to free himself. The other five did not.

That crash led US aviation authorities to review regulations for so-called “doors off” flights, which provide passengers with a more direct view of the skyline than flights with the aircraft’s doors shut.

Minister Dies As Helicopter Crashes In Nepal

 

A helicopter carrying Nepal’s tourism minister has crashed in Nepal’s hilly east, officials said Wednesday, with no word yet on the fate of those aboard.

The minister, Rabindra Adhikari, was travelling with five other passengers from the eastern district of Taplejung to Terathum when the Air Dynasty chopper went down.

“A helicopter carrying Nepal’s tourism minister has crashed, but we do not have any more information right now,” Home Secretary Prem Kumar Rai told reporters.

It is just the latest aviation accident to plague Nepal, an impoverished Himalayan nation with a poor air safety record.

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Nepal has some of the world’s most remote and tricky runways, flanked by snow-capped peaks with approaches that pose a challenge for even accomplished pilots.

In April last year, a Malaysian jet with 139 people on board aborted its takeoff and skidded off a runway.

A month earlier a US-Bangla Airways plane crashed near an airport, killing 51 people.

Nepal-based airlines are banned from flying in European Union airspace.

Its poor air safety record is largely blamed on inadequate maintenance and sub-standard management.

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AIB Releases Report On Crash Of Osinbajo’s Helicopter

APC, PDP React To Osinbajo’s Helicopter Crash Survival
A helicopter conveying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo crash-landed in Kogi State on February 2, 2019.

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released a preliminary report of an investigation into the helicopter crash involving Agusta Westland W 139 Caverton Helicopters which flew Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Kabba in Kogi State.

In the report released on Wednesday, the AIB said the crew lost visual contact with the ground at about 50 feet owing to a brownout – (dust generated when landing on a sandy area) – that enveloped the helicopter.

According to the agency, the helicopter experienced a hard landing and consequently rolled over.

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While the AIB says the investigation into the crash is still ongoing, the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Akin Olateru, gave two safety recommendations to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the operator, Caverton Helicopters Limited.

Olateru asked the NCAA to issue an advisory circular to helicopter operators on the effects of brown out and how to mitigate its effects.

Secondly, he asked Caverton Helicopters to carry out proper risk analysis and assessment before operating flights into unapproved landing pad.

The chopper carrying the Vice President, his entourage and three crew members, had crash-landed at the Kaaba Stadium on February 2.

There were, however, no casualties.

How Adeboye Called, Prayed For Me Before Helicopter Crash — Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed how he survived the accident on Saturday, just after the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Enoch Adeboye prayed for him.

Twenty-four hours after surviving a helicopter accident in Kabba, Kogi State, Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo held a thanksgiving service in Lokoja, the state capital.

At the service, the Vice President narrated how Pastor Adeboye appeared to have foreseen the danger ahead and committed his safety into God’s hands.

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“On Friday, we went to (RCCG) camp; usually, I attend our Holy Ghost service. We came in very late from Akwa Ibom State. We arrived just in time for the grace at the end of the service. After that, our daddy in the Lord, (G.O) Pastor Adeboye, wanted to speak to me.

“He asked me how things were going on, the campaign activities and all that, and I explained everything; what I was doing on the campaign trail and all of that, some of the challenges. He (Adeboye) then said I am going to pray for you.

“He said a prayer that turned out to be very interesting because usually, as you know, he doesn’t pray for long.

“He said “Lord God Almighty, I want you to protect this man. You know how very dear he is to my heart. I want you to protect him. I found it very funny that he repeated it several times and then he prayed for a favour and other things,” VP Osinbajo narrated.

He went on to testify of how the helicopter conveying him and his team to a campaign rally in Kogi crash-landed with everyone coming out unhurt.

He thanked God for sparing his life and that of the others who were on board.

Also speaking on the matter, the Senior Special Assistant to the VP on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, thanked God for safety, and also thanked Nigerians for their concern and prayers.

He said, “We are thankful to God for his deliverance and safety. The Vice President is not only thankful to God, but to all Nigerians who have expressed concern, affection and prayers.

“The Vice President is continuing with his schedule in Kogi and from there, he will go back to Abuja, and go to other places, to continue his ‘Next Level’ engagements with Nigerians”.

A full-scale investigation and report are expected within the coming days.

25 Killed In Afghan Army Helicopter Crash

 

An Afghan army helicopter carrying 25 people crashed in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing all those on board, officials said.

The aircraft crashed due to “bad weather” in Anar Dara district, which borders Iran, Farah provincial governor spokesman Nasir Mehri said.

The Taliban claimed its militants brought it down.

Both pilots and 23 passengers were killed.

Among the dead were the deputy army corps commander for western Afghanistan and the head of the Farah provincial council, Mehri said.

Provincial council member Dadullah Qaneh said the helicopter hit a mountain peak in poor weather en route to neighbouring Herat province.

Senior government and military officials often travel by helicopter in regions where the Taliban has a large presence.

Helicopter crashes are not uncommon in the mountainous, war-torn country.

In September, an Afghan military helicopter carrying weapons and ammunition burst into flames during an “emergency landing” in Farah, killing at least four people.

Earlier that month at least 12 people were killed, including two Ukrainians, when a helicopter owned by a Moldovan company crashed in the northern province of Balkh.

The aircraft also was carrying munitions and exploded on impact, Afghan officials said.

Western forces have been rebuilding Afghanistan’s air force, which was decimated by the civil war of the 1990s and the turbulent period of Taliban rule that ended in 2001.

NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan has been training pilots and ground controllers across the country as part of a modernisation effort.

US Forces’ officials told AFP in February that Afghanistan’s air force includes four C-130 transport aircraft, 24 C-208 supply planes, 24 Russian Mi-17 helicopters that will be replaced by 159 UH-60 Black Hawks, 12 A-29 Super Tacano attack planes, and 25 MD-530 attack helicopters.

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Two Feared Dead In Japan Army Helicopter Crash

Two Crew Feared Dead In Japan Army Helicopter Crash
(FILES) This file picture taken on January 13, 2013 in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, shows a same type of the crashed Japan’s Ground Self Defense Force AH64 helicopter (L). KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP

 

Two crew were feared dead Monday after a Japanese military helicopter crashed in a residential area in the southwest of the country, setting a home on fire.

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera confirmed the crash in the town of Kanzaki and said the two crew on board were retrieved “in a state of cardiac and respiratory arrest,” Jiji news agency reported.

The language is often used by Japanese officials before deaths are officially confirmed.

Japan’s NHK television showed a thick plume of grey smoke rising from the site of the crash in between the rooftops of local houses.

Local firefighters could be seen running through the streets with red firehoses as people were evacuated from the area.

“I heard something like a rumbling of the earth,” a woman living near the crash site told NHK.

“I rushed out there and saw a blaze and black smoke. It’s impossible that this happens in such a place.”

Onodera earlier told reporters the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter had gone down in Japan’s Saga region and “burst into flames.”

Local officials confirmed the crash site was a residential area, adding one home had caught fire. The local fire authority said it had dispatched 14 fire engines and three ambulances to the site.

Local media reported that no one was inside the home at the time of the crash.

The incident raised memories of a 2016 crash in which a Japanese air force jet with six people aboard went missing in mountainous terrain.

Four bodies were later recovered.

There has also been a string of accidents involving US military helicopters that have fuelled opposition to their presence in the country.

The latest was a UH-1 helicopter that was forced into an emergency landing last month on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.

No one was hurt in that incident, which officials blamed on a faulty rotor blade.

Japan’s Self-Defence Forces (SDF) have been banned from waging any kind of combat beyond defence of the nation since the US-imposed constitution of 1947 that followed the carnage of World War II.

They have been deployed overseas in peacekeeping missions, some of which have proved controversial at home.

And while the SDF is strictly limited in terms of the scope of its military activity, Japan nonetheless boasts an impressive array of weaponry with highly trained personnel.

AFP