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18-Jul-15 1209 TP-1 Oryx Goma, DRCongo

Nosewheel collapsed during ground taxi after hitting 5cm edge of newly laid tarmac.  operating for UN

Source: http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40001:saaf-oryx-damaged-in-drc-taxiing-incident&catid=111:sa-defence&Itemid=242, 18-Jul-15

AAR awarded $8.5M contract in central Africa

AAR awarded $8.5M contract in central Africa

AAR Airlift Group, Inc., Palm Bay, Florida, is being awarded an $8,529,906 indefinite- delivery/indefinite- quantity, fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for dedicated rotary wing services in the Central Africa Region (Uganda, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan) with an expected completion date of April 23, 2015. Funds will be obligated on… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-May-14

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First ever combat for Rooivalk

First ever combat for Rooivalk

After three decades of development and a development cost in excess of R8 billion, the South African designed and built Rooivalk attack helicopter has finally deployed operationally, and also fired its weapons in anger.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 06-Nov-13

09-Mar-13 RA-22472 Mil Mi-8AMT Bukavu, Congo (4F)

Crashed in mountainous area in poor weather, flying for United Nations.  Photo suggests controlled flight into terrain.

09-Mar-13

UTair staff and helicopters flee Congo conflict zone

UTair staff and helicopters flee Congo conflict zone

Staff and helicopters of “Airline” UTair »(UTair Aviation) were evacuated from the airport of Goma (DRC) due to a conflict in the region. Within a few hours after taking off from Goma Mi-8AMT “UTair” and Mi-8 MTV of “Nefteyugansk United Air” (part of “UTair”), the city was seized by armed rebels. Helicopters and crew made a stopover… Read more »

Source: UTair, 25-Nov-12

PCS Aerospace to oversee upgrade of six Congolese Bell 212s

PCS Aerospace to oversee upgrade of six Congolese Bell 212s

PCS Aerospace & Marketing is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to handle the overhaul and upgrade of six Bell 212 helicopters, including airframe, components, MANT turbines for the company of the Republic of Congo. It’s a big step for our company growth, establishing important precedents quality aviation industry, civil, commercial and military… Read more »

Source: PCS Aerospace, 20-Nov-12

HAI awards UTair crew

HAI awards UTair crew

A UTair Aviation Mi-8 helicopter crew from the airline’s international division has been awarded the Igor Sikorsky ‘Glory of Perfection’ Prize for Humanitarian Services from the International Helicopter Association. For exceptional services rendered while assisting the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2009, Commander Sergey Ignatyev received the honor on behalf… Read more »

Source: UTair, 19-Mar-12

EC funds two Mi-8s for UN World Food Program

EC funds two Mi-8s for UN World Food Program

Quick and safe access to humanitarian crises is at times difficult and often altogether impossible when infrastructure such as roads and bridges are destroyed or conflict makes them too dangerous to use. This means that assistance cannot reach people in need fast enough and such a delay may lead to loss of lives. The European… Read more »

Source: ECHO Nairobi, 08-Dec-11

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15-Nov-11 Mil Mi-8 Badondo, Congo (1F)

“An M18 helicopter crashed while landing in the region of Bandondo,”

15-Nov-11

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India ready to withdrawn final 4 helicopters from UN operations

India ready to withdrawn final 4 helicopters from UN operations

The Telegraph India has reported that India is preparing to withdraw the last four Mi-35 attack helicopters next month, citing strong domestic need for the aircraft. The contract with Monusco (the UN’s mission in Democratic Republic of Congo) expires in less than two weeks on 4th July.  However, the Congo is heading towards a residential… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-11

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Helicopter wreckage found after 45 years

Helicopter wreckage found after 45 years

The helicopter, which was found very recently, had disappeared in July 1965 around Buta, in north-eastern Congo.

Source: LeVif, 06-Dec-10

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UN’s plea for helicopters in Congo going unheard

UN’s plea for helicopters in Congo going unheard

United Nations peacekeepers in Congo say they desperately need one thing above all: helicopters.

Source: Globe and Mail, 21-Oct-10

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26-Nov-09 (Reg/type not known) Equateur province, Congo

26-Nov-09

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