Myanmar Air Force Mil Mi-17 Helicopters Crashed Shortly After Take-off

Myanmar Air Force Mil Mi-17 Helicopters Crashed Shortly After Take-off

A Myanmar military helicopter carrying at least 15 people, including foreign military attachés to Myanmar, crashed shortly after it took off in Kaungkha Village, Kutkai Township in northern Shan State, on Friday afternoon.

Some crew members were injured but the military attachés on board were unharmed, according to sources.

Four helicopters were departing Kutkai Township, Myanmar when one was involved in an accident.

Photos indicate that the tail boom was severed. Two crew members were injured but the foreign military attaches on board were not hurt.

The military attachés and journalists were brought by the military (or Tatmadaw) in four helicopters to the village on Friday to observe a drug haul.

Myanmar’s military said early this week that it seized over 91 billion kyats (US$66 million) worth narcotics, precursor chemicals, stimulants and equipment between Feb. 28 and March 3 near Kaungkha.

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