- The two pilots of an Mi-28 attack helicopter died in the incident, the Defense Ministry has reported
MOSCOW (Agencies): A Russian two-seat Mi-28 attack helicopter has crashed in northern Crimea, the country’s Defense Ministry stated on Friday. Both pilots died in the incident, it added.
The aircraft came down during a planned training flight and had no ammunition onboard, the ministry said. There were no other casualties or property damage on the ground, the statement added.
The ministry cited a technical malfunction as the likely cause of the crash.
The helicopter fell near the village of Svetloe, some 20km southeast of the major regional city of Dzhankoy, several Russian media outlets reported.
The attack aircraft is normally armed with a 30-mm automatic cannon and can carry up to 16 guided and unguided anti-armor missiles.
The incident took place weeks after a MiG-31 fighter jet crashed during a training flight in northern Russia in late April. That crash resulted in no casualties as both pilots ejected to safety and the jet fell in a deserted area.