Pakistan chopper crash,on-board dead– Thursday, helicopter crash in Afghanistan was setback for Afghanistan air force. There were 12 people on board, all military men not confirmed yet.
There were doctors, paramedic and aviation people in the chopper. The helicopter crashed over the mountains in the Mohar area of northern Mansehra district. “We are on the way to the spot of the chopper crash and I am afraid no one has survived but it’s,senior military official said.
“There were two helicopters … One of them had a technical problem and contacted the other one and informed the pilot of an emergency landing. As soon as it landed, it caught fire. he said.
According to an army officer, the chopper was carrying a team including three doctors and paramedics from the military’s medical wing, who were traveling to the northern city of Gilgit to evacuate a sick soldier when the helicopter went down rough bad weather.
The chopper was developed by the former Soviet Union for high-elevation flying in Afghanistan. The Moscow-based manufacturer, Russian Helicopters, makes both civilian and military versions of the aircraft. Another company, Rosoboronexport, the state-owned arms exporter also based in Moscow, sells military variants abroad.
Last year, the Defense Department had planned on spending $572 million to buy another 45 Mi-17s for Afghanistan from Rosoboronexport. But lawmakers pressed Pentagon officials to cancel the sale because of concern over the exporter funneling arms to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for use against rebels, report said.
The martyred personnel include :Doctor Major Usman Ullah, Doctor Major Shahzad, Captain Atif, Pilot, Major Hamayun, Pilot, Major Muzammil, Havaldar Munir, Lance Naik Maqbool, Sepoy Rehmat Ullah and Sepoy Waqar.IMAGE/www.aa.com.tr