Mexican Mi-17 helicopter collision
31 Jan 2005
On Tuesday 25 January 2005, two Russian-built Mil Mi-17 (Mi-8MTV-1) Hip helicopters of the Fuerza Aérea Mexicana (FAM) collided in flight near Mexico city. Five crew members were killed and three wounded. The aircraft were on a training flight around 11:20 AM local time when they collided on their approach to Santa Lucia air base. One of the two helicopters involved (Mi-8MTV-1 serial 1711) is seen here at their base Santa Lucia in October last year. A total of 24 Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters were ordered in the late 1990s, equipping 303 squadron.