A Mil Mi-8MT (NATO reporting name: Hip-H) belonging to the Kyrgyz Air Force crashed near Kichi-Alai in the Nookat district of Kyrgyzstan’s Osh region on June 4.
The heavy-lift tactical transport helicopter was en route to an undisclosed location in the nation’s Chon-Alai district – which borders Tajikistan – with three crew members and 13 passengers on board. While no deaths occurred as a result of the crash, 14 of the on board personnel were injured – one of them seriously – and all were transported by ambulance to the Osh Interregional Combined Hospital for treatment.
While the cause of the crash was not disclosed, the Hip-H was completely destroyed in a post-crash fire. The Kyrgyz Air Force has operated the Mi-8MT since May 2019, after the nation received two second-hand examples of the type from the Russian Aerospace Forces. A subsequent delivery of another two helicopters occurred in November 2019, bringing the air arms total Mi-8MT fleet to four aircraft. Following this attrition case, three examples remain in operational service with the Kyrgyz Air Force.