2013 Bukavu Mil Mi-8 crash

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2013 Bukavu Mi-8 crash
Russian Air Force Mil Mi-8MTV-5 Beltyukov-1.jpg
A Russian Air Force Mi-8 similar to the incident aircraft
Accident summary
Date March 9, 2013 (2013-03-09)
Summary Crash due to weather conditions
Site Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Crew 4
Fatalities 4 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Mil Mi-8
Operator United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On March 9, 2013, a Mil Mi-8 helicopter with Russian crew crashed near Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, resulting in the death of all four on board. The helicopter was part of United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


On 9 March 2013, a United Nations helicopter owned by UTair Aviation crashed due to the weather, killing its entire four-man Russian crew. It was reported that the Mi-8AMT lost communications about 10 miles away from the Bukavu Airport.[1] The location of the crash was near Bukavu city in South Kivu province.[2][3][4][5][6] The bodies were found at the site of the crash.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Russian Helicopter Crashes in Congo, Crew's Fate Unknown". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  2. ^ UN News Service (12 March 2013). "Congo-Kinshasa: UN Confirms Death of Four Crew Members in Helicopter Accident in Eastern DR Congo". allAfrica. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "IAC to investigate Mi-8 helicopter crash in Congo". Voice of Russia. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Nichols, Michelle (Mar 12, 2013). Christopher Wilson, ed. "Four Russians killed in U.N. helicopter crash in Congo". Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Marcel van Leeuwen (March 12, 2013). "Four Russians killed in UN helicopter crash in Congo". aviationnews.eu. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "UN mission in Congo confirms death of four Russian helicopter crew". ITAR-TASS. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Agence France-Presse (March 12, 2013). "UN reaches downed helicopter in DR Congo after four days". globalpost. Retrieved 30 March 2013.