Russian Helicopter Eats Dirt After Losing Tail Rotor

first published on July 10, 2016 by

A Russian helicopter conducting close air support near Palmyra, Syria loses its tail rotor to a Daesh anti-aircraft missile.

The caliber of pilots the Russian’s are using is very high. It becomes very clear when watching this video, that whoever the pilots are in this aircraft, they were good.

The second they lose their tail rotor, they attempt to maintain control. Ultimately it proves to be completely fruitless, but I have to hand it to them anyways. They certainly didn’t let their aircraft go down without a fight.

This particular incident happened on July 9, 2016. The pilots were supporting SAA ground troops in a skirmish with Daesh fighters on the ground in Palmyra, Syria. It is unclear where ISIS is currently obtaining their anti-aircraft weapons, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the CIA-backed rebels might have something to do with it.

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