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Ka-52 helicopter crashes in Moscow near residential neighborhood (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: October 29, 2013 12:02
Edited time: October 30, 2013 03:48
RIA Novosti / Grigory Shapkovskiy

RIA Novosti / Grigory Shapkovskiy

A helicopter crashed just meters away from residential houses in the South East of Moscow. The Russian Emergencies Ministry said the pilots managed to bail out in time, but received trauma injuries.

The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed it was an experimental military helicopter, Ka-52K.

Both pilots have been taken to hospital and remain in serious condition, the head of Moscow’s Department of Healthcare Georgy Golukhov told Interfax.

Eyewitnesses of the accident said the helicopter’s crash was followed by two loud explosions. The aircraft fell in a wooded area, reportedly near a helipad. Thick smoke from the fire is now covering the neighborhood.


“A green helicopter is on fire, the area of the blaze is around 20 square meters,” an Emergencies Ministry spokesman told RIA.

The combat helicopter turned out to be a naval version of Ka-52 undergoing tests for the future deployment on Russian Mistral-class carriers.

“The crash-landed Ka-52 helicopter was undergoing tests in the Kamov design bureau as part of a research and development process. The aircraft was piloted by a crew from the design bureau,” the ministry said in a statement.

Investigators are looking into two potential reasons why the helicopter went down. The first one is that the crash was caused by equipment failure, and the second is that it was caused by pilot error. 

According to the pilots, the helicopter went out of control due to a technical failure. 

Authorities will begin to decipher data from the Ka-52 helicopter’s black boxes.

RIA Novosti / Andrey Pesnya

The Kamov Ka-52 “Alligator” (NATO reporting name Hokum B) is a modified two-seat model of a renowned Russian attack helicopter, the Ka-50 “Black Shark.” The distinctive coaxial rotor system of these attack helicopters allows high maneuverability, and they have become support helicopters of choice for Russian special forces.

This is the second crash involving the Ka-52 since it was officially put into operation in 2011. In the previous accident, a Ka-52 crashed during a training flight in adverse weather conditions near Torzhok in Russia’s Tver Region in March 2012. Both pilots were killed in the accident.

RIA Novosti / Grigory Shapkovskiy

RIA Novosti / Andrey Pesnya

Comments (11)


Greg Roth 08.11.2013 07:39

Ryan Trishnar, I don't see a single comment here making a joke and this was not a fatal accident. Maybe there are some on youtube and if there are, I would agree that joking about fatal accidents would be in bad taste. The real shame though is putting people in gulags for expressing an opinion or joke you don't agree with.


Nikolay Grigoryev 30.10.2013 16:31

I see a few comments on the fact that the blades are not detached and their for no ejection accured. The problem with ejection in a populated area is obvious. Its likely that the crew testing this new version of ka52 are very experienced and so tried to save the helicopter and posibly civilians by attempting an auto rotation landing. Military helicopters can survive descent of up to 30 m per sec. That would explain why the doors are open.


Ryan trishnar 30.10.2013 08:47

You know. I'm getting sick of these Soviet Russian jokes, especially when people use it to comment on fatal accidents in Russia on Youtube. These people have no shame and should really be be 'resting' in the gulags.

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