L’helicopter from Putin fell to the ground during a landing a Fly. It is the Mil Mi-8 that crashed with its rotor blades and tail on Friday at Vnukovo International Airport, some 26 km southwest of the center of the Russian capital. This was reported by the Russian state news agency Interfax. Aerotime Hub magazine reported that the helicopter belonged to the Rossiya Special Flight Command, which operates planes used to transport Russian government officials. It is unclear who was on board the helicopter and if anyone was injured in the crash.
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“During landing, the helicopter caught the propeller on the ground and damaged the tail,” an airport technician told Interfax. The Russian Telegram channel Mash published an image of the aftermath of the crash, with the word “Rossiya” visible on the helicopter’s livery and the tail rotor blades appearing to have been cut off. “According to our information, it is a Mi-8MTV-1, manufactured in 2013 and built for 22 passengers,” reads Mash’s post. Aerotime reports that there are multiple casualties.
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Citing data from Adsbexchange.com, Aerotime Hub reported that only three “Rossiya” AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters operated flights around the airport between Friday morning and afternoon, meaning the Mi-8MTV-1 was likely flying with its transponder turned off.
Aerotime reported that “Rossiya” operates 15 Mil Mi-6MTV helicopters that have special defense suites and other modifications to protect their VIP passengers. Helicopters often fly Putin around Russia, supplementing his fleet of long-haul Il-96s and other jets.
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Interfax said the hard landing could have been caused by bad weather or an equipment failure. Ukrainian news agency Ukrainska Pravda reported that it was pilot error.