Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Helicopter crash claims one life

A PILOT died and another two soldiers were injured in the military helicopter crash on July 28. 

(Source: TASR)

The MI-17 helicopter crashed during the training flight near the village of Geraltov, Prešov district. Together six fire trucks from Sabinov, Prešov, and Raslavice arrived on the scene, the Denník N daily reported.

The helicopter crashed shortly after 14:00. It took off from the Prešov base, but soon dispatchers lost contact, according to the public-service broadcaster RTVS.

Russian MI-17 helicopters come from the era when the country was in federation with the Czech Republic. They are older, but  are nonetheless used in dozens of countries around the globe, Denník N wrote.

The Slovak army owns together 13 MI-17 helicopters, but it is not clear how many are still in operation. Spokesman Security expert Vladimír Bednár estimates their age to 27-30 years.

“Our helicopters are close to their technical lifespan,” Bednár told Denník N.

The Defence Ministry recently ordered new US Black Hawk helicopters which should become the main part of the Slovak army’s arsenal.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Topic: Military


Top stories

Another For a Decent Slovakia protest was also joined by farmers

People took to the streets for the eighth time.

Farmers with tractors awaited the protesting crowd at the SNP Square in Bratislava.

V4 politicians are not even willing to help fellow Europeans

To give equal weight to the concerns that a Slovak or Czech feels about migration with that of an Italian or Greek is like having equal sympathy for a hypochondriac and a cancer patient.

Prime ministers of V4 countries and their Austrian counterpart.

Coronations return to Bratislava Photo

This year Bratislava will recall the coronation of Leopold II, the younger son of Maria Theresa.

Bratislava will again enjoy re-enactment of coronation ceremony

Police detain another person in promissory notes case

Ex-director of private broadcaster TV Markíza, Pavol Rusko, was detained shortly after being heard.

Pavol Rusko