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]

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  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, 21:18. Retrieved 30 March 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  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. 13:22 12/03/2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Agence France-Presse (March 12, 2013). "UN reaches downed helicopter in DR Congo after four days". globalpost. Retrieved 30 March 2013.