Mil MI-8 Russian helicopter crashed at Tajikistan border

A Mil MI-8 Russian helicopter belonging to the Main Border Guard Directorate of the State Committee for National Security (SCNS) crashed in the Tajikistan border, which was flying with Russian tourists on August 4, 2021.

According to Asia-Plus, the pilot was killed in the accident, while the other four occupants were injured. The Mi-8 was crashed in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO)’s Vanj district. The disaster occurred near Poi Mazor village when an MI-8 aircraft attempted to land on the Khirson (Bear) Glacier.

According to the reports, the helicopter was flying to take seven tourists from Moscow. Contact was lost as they climbed the glacier in the Poimazor canyon of the Vanch district of Tajikistan Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous territory on July 26, 2021.

On the day of July 26, In the area of ​​the Fedchenko glacier, during the ascent of a group of Russian climbers to the summit of Saint-Exupery, Alexander Sergeevich Maslov, was hit by an avalanche at an altitude of more than 6 thousand meters.  The Russian Embassy in Tajikistan later reported this. The tourists sent a signal for help on July 28 but then soon stopped communicating. From that day, the search for the person is going on.

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“The embassy has been in communication with the specified group, the Russian tourist’s relatives, officials from the travel agency, and Tajik colleagues participating in the rescue operation since the occurrence,” the embassy said. The lost person’s coworkers aided the search. The expedition organizers from Moscow requested assistance from the mountain rescue center of the tour operators’ association.

The helicopter took off on August 4 in pursuit of tourists and crashed while landing on the glacier. Four passengers were hurt, and the plane’s pilot, Sergei Tyutin, was killed.

“The border patrol helicopter has departed, I don’t know anything else, we are finding out,” Umeda Yusupova, press secretary for the Committee for Emergency Situations, told Asia-Plus the day before: “The border patrol helicopter has departed, I don’t know anything else, we are finding out.” The CoES is not responding right now.

Poyi Mazor is a small village near the Fedchenko, Kasholayakh, and Medvezhiy glaciers. Tajikistan’s Khirson (Bear) Glacier is an Alpine glacier. The glacier is in the Vanj region of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region, on the western slope of the Academy of Sciences Range, in the heart of the Pamir Mountains (GBAO).

The Mil Mi-8

The Mi-8 is a twin-engine multifunctional helicopter manufractured by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Kazan Helicopter Plant, and Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant in Russia. The Mi-8 helicopter is one of the most popular in the world, with over 50 countries using it.

The Mi-8’s basic variant is built primarily for human transport, and it has superior navigation and information systems that allow for safe day-and-night flights even in the most terrible weather conditions. The Mi-8 is utilized as an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform in addition to its most typical use as a transport helicopter.

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