Military - Russian Air Force Monday August 19, 2002
The Russian transport helicopter, carrying troops, crashed at Russian military headquarter near the capital city of Grozny. Reporting an engine fire, the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing when the helicopter fell from a height of 660 feet and missed the tarmac by 990 feet, crashed and caught fire. The helicopter was shot down by Chechen guerillas with a shoulder-launched heat-seeking anti-aircraft missile. The missile destroyed the helicopter's right engine and starting a fire on board. The left engine stopped at the same time. The entire hydraulic control system, including the system used to open the rear door was not working, as burning fuel gushed into the cabin trapping people inside. This is the worst helicopter disaster in aviation history.