1992 Azerbaijani Mil Mi-8 shootdown
An Mil Mi-8 similar to the accident helicopter
|Date||28 January 1992|
|Site||near Shusha, Nagorno-Karabakh|
|Aircraft type||Mil Mi-8|
|Operator||Azerbaijani Air Force|
Serious air warfare during the Nagorno-Karabakh War broke out in January 1992. The Azeri aircraft became facile targets for Armenian armed forces. On January 9, the Armenians claimed the first downed Azeri helicopter and more claims followed on January 24, 28 and 31 – all of them over Nagorny Karabakh, the last being a Mi-8 downed from MANPADs over the village of Huha. On January 31, the Azeris claimed the downings of two Mi-8s that supported the first Armenian offensive.
The helicopter with civilians on board departed from the town of Agdam to Shusha, which was blockaded by Armenians, and was downed en route by the surface-to-air missile. All 44 persons on board have been killed, including children and women. According to Azeri journalist Kerim Kerimli, who assisted in collecting the bodies at the site and confirmed the number of fatalities, the missile was launched from Stepanakert.
The Armenian officials stated that the helicopter was carrying weapons and ammunition to Azeris attacking Armenian villages.
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