on 8 January 2020 two Afghan National Army helicopters crashed in Separate incidents in one day.
In the first incident Afghan military Mil Mi-35 helicopter crashed in western Afghanistan, killing two pilots on board, the country’s Defense Ministry said.
The MI-35 helicopter crashed in the Porchaman district of Farah province due to “technical issues”, the ministry said in a Twitter post.
“Sadly two of our brave pilots were martyred. MOD [Ministry of Defense] leadership expresses their deepest condolences to the families of our martyred pilots,” it added.
In the second incident, the Afghan military Mil Mi-17 helicopter crashed in the country’s eastern Paktia province.
At least 10 people were injured in the incident which happened shortly after takeoff in Paktia, Shah Mohammad Aryan, a spokesman for police of Paktika, where the helicopter was heading, told 1TV.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.
“An Afghan Army MI17 Helicopter made emergency landing minutes after taking off from 203 Military Corps’ airport in Gardiz city of Paktia province around 01:00 p.m. local time today,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Everyone on board and on land remained safe, no casualties reported,” said the statement.
A source told 1TV that the helicopter was carrying also Paktika’s chiefs of police and intelligence and it crashed into army corps headquarters.
It comes hours after another Afghan military helicopter crashed in western Farah province, that killed two pilots.