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Mi-8 helicopter crashes during approach to landing due to strong wind gust, General Staff says.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan on July 21 reported the details of the accident of the Mi-8 helicopter of the air defense forces of Kyrgyzstan. The helicopter crashed on July 18 at 10.15 am.

The helicopter crew was asked to evacuate a mountain climber, who broke his collar bone in the Enilchek mountains, Issyk-Kul region, at the height of more than 5,000 meters. It would take more than 24 hours for rescuers to get to the injured climber.

The crew captain made the decision to carry out rescue operation. At around 10,15 am during approach to landing, the helicopter fell on its side and overturned due to a stong gust of wind. The group of climbers waiting for the helicopter, evacuated the crew and reported about the accident.

The rescue operation started at 4.00 pm and finished by 6.30 pm. The injured Russian mountain climber was taken to a base and then to a hospital in Bishkek. The helicopter crew members are undergoing medical assessment at the military hospital.

The captain of the Mi-8 helicopter crew, Col. Ismailov, is the first class pilot, has flown more than 2,000 hours, participated in the war campaign in Afghanistan, has the Red Star Award, order for service in the armed forces, the General Staff said.

The commission investigating the circumstances of the accident continues investigation. The preliminary reason of the accident is abrupt change of climate conditions during approach for landing.

"The need of urgent evacuation and landing of helicopter on such height was caused by a critical condition of the injured mountain climber and impossibility of other ways of evacuation," the General Staff stressed.

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Date:Jul 21, 2014
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