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2 helicopters with Belarusian and Georgian crews crashed in Congo

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In the mountainous terrain of the province of North Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 2 military helicopters Mi-24 Air Force DRCs crashed, reports Defence.ru with reference to the Belgian agency Belga.




January 27 morning "during a reconnaissance flight by a couple to detect rebels from the M23 group, one of the helicopters hit the rotor blades of the treetops near the Mikeno mountain at an altitude of about 500 meters and crashed," the report said.

The second helicopter, having lost visual contact with the first car, took steps to search for it, but also crashed. “Probably for the same reason,” the agency notes.

According to another publication (www.veritasinfo.fr), “the helicopters were shot down by rebels from the Strela air defense system”.

According to media reports, one crew consisted of Georgian citizens, the second - of the citizens of Belarus.

According to the Armenian resource razm.info, which refers to Georgian sources, a helicopter with Georgian citizens on board made a hard emergency landing. The second car crashed.

It is also reported that the crew members aboard the “Belarusian” helicopter are alive, but all were injured. The Georgian crew was reported missing on January 30. The search for pilots makes it difficult to rain heavily, pouring 4-th consecutive day.

The information was confirmed by the Ministry of Defense of Georgia. The press service at the same time stressed that "the pilots have no relation to the armed forces of Georgia and are located on the territory of the DRC as private individuals."
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Guido Potters / www.airliners.net
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  1. Alexander Romanov
    Alexander Romanov 31 January 2017 11: 58
    +9
    Sorry, but in Congo, who is against whom? And for what? Or against what?
    1. Masya masya
      Masya masya 31 January 2017 12: 06
      +22
      is it really not clear? Georgians against Belarusians ... wink
      1. cniza
        cniza 31 January 2017 12: 09
        +6
        There everyone is for himself.
        1. Alexander Romanov
          Alexander Romanov 31 January 2017 12: 14
          +7
          Quote: cniza
          There everyone is for himself.

          Quote: Masya Masya
          is it really not clear? Georgians versus Belarusians.

          Clearly, your questions are the same.
        2. Siberian
          Siberian 31 January 2017 13: 09
          +3
          Most likely "wild geese." IMHO
      2. Sergey F
        Sergey F 31 January 2017 12: 19
        +14
        Still there, the Armenians keep the score as a refereeing!
        And the blacks are so ... come as spectators!
      3. Andrey K
        Andrey K 31 January 2017 12: 27
        +9
        Masya masya
        is it really not clear? Georgians against Belarusians ... wink

        ... The information was confirmed by the Ministry of Defense of Georgia. At the same time, the press service emphasized that "the pilots have no relation to the armed forces of Georgia and are in the DRC as private individuals" ...

        We are already deleting the Georgians, the Georgian Defense Ministry disowned - there were just civilians at the helm ...
        1. Sergey F
          Sergey F 31 January 2017 12: 32
          +2
          Of course!
          This is the Chinese painted under Georgians and Belarusians! Yes, yes, civilians!
    2. Zibelew
      Zibelew 31 January 2017 12: 09
      +1
      Interestingly, the Negro comrades received the entire batch under a contract with Ukraine for the supply of 50 repaired T-64BV tanks to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The cost of one tank under this contract did not exceed 200 thousand dollars, that is, at the price of the Land Cruiser. They wrote that the Kharkov plant sent "African" tanks to the National Guard ...
    3. Smoked
      Smoked 31 January 2017 12: 09
      +6
      Congo is a sacred place for mercenaries.
      1. Alexander Romanov
        Alexander Romanov 31 January 2017 12: 15
        0
        Quote: Smoked
        ongo is a sacred place for mercenaries.

        This is understandable, but what do we advocate? Well, what are they fighting for? Who is clearly. Can explain
        1. Same lech
          Same lech 31 January 2017 12: 31
          +2
          Well, what are they fighting for?


          It’s known why ... for democracy ... there are no other landmarks in the world ... hehe hi
          1. creep: b
            creep: b 31 January 2017 12: 33
            +1
            most likely for diamonds or something like that
          2. novel66
            novel66 31 January 2017 12: 36
            +6
            and the loot is no longer a guideline for mercenaries, then?
        2. Sergey F
          Sergey F 31 January 2017 12: 33
          +1
          But why?
          Just bandits cut down grandmother, this is no luck. They will probably be devoured by local Aborigines!
          1. Sergey F
            Sergey F 31 January 2017 12: 39
            0
            Who cares - http://webkonspect.com/?room=profile&id=1&
            ; labelid = 17824
            In general, there are peacekeepers - Ukraine !!!!!!!!!
            1. novel66
              novel66 31 January 2017 13: 12
              +5
              that is, the world will not be there at all?
              1. Sergey F
                Sergey F 31 January 2017 13: 38
                0
                There is such a struggle for peace that there will be no stone unturned.
                Ukraine supplies weapons to the Congo to everyone; peace is not beneficial for them.
        3. Scoun
          Scoun 31 January 2017 12: 33
          +6
          Quote: Alexander Romanov
          This is understandable, but what do we advocate? Well, what are they fighting for?

          By 1959, a split began within the colonial empire, which at that time, in addition to Belgium, included France and Great Britain. Under the leadership of Patrice Lumumba, the famous leader of the liberation movement, a rebellion broke out in Congo against colonization.
          and then coups raced ....
          Mobutu was forced to ask for help from the West to crush the rebellion. The next coup d'etat followed, as a result of which Joseph Kasavubu was removed from his post. The armed uprising of May 18, 1997 marked the beginning of the First Civil War.

          In addition to inter-tribal conflicts, groups representing the interests of other states and troops of the UN mission participate in armed clashes.
          A number of political forces are not interested in resolving the situation in the Democratic Republic, using them as an opportunity to plunder natural resources.
          In general, after a series of coups, there remained various groups which use for their own purposes and, nevertheless, Congo’s resources are withdrawn quite actively up to the point that they demand from the UN a billion dollars to save / preserve forests.
          Here is more detailed
          http://afroforum.ru/showthread.php?339
          1. CONTROL
            CONTROL 31 January 2017 12: 43
            +3
            Quote: Scoun
            Mobutu was forced to ask for help from the West to crush the rebellion. The next coup d'etat followed, as a result of which Joseph Kasavubu was removed from his post. The armed uprising of May 18, 1997 marked the beginning of the First Civil War.

            In addition to inter-tribal conflicts, groups representing the interests of other states and troops of the UN mission participate in armed clashes.
            A number of political forces are not interested in resolving the situation in the Democratic Republic, using them as an opportunity to plunder natural resources.

            FarCry 2, generally!...
            And Old Man Lukashenko in the role of the Jackal ... integration into "Central Africa"!
            1. 0255
              0255 31 January 2017 13: 12
              +5
              Quote: CONTROL
              .integration in "tse Africa"!

              Quite possible laughing Belarus is approaching Africa in poverty
        4. Koshak
          Koshak 31 January 2017 12: 45
          +3
          Quote: Alexander Romanov
          Quote: Smoked
          ongo is a sacred place for mercenaries.

          This is understandable, but what do we advocate? Well, what are they fighting for? Who is clearly. Can explain

          There is something like Syria. Government forces and rebels want power. And also a bunch of gangster groups - these people are simply robbing under the guise. Here is a little about the history of this mess.
          http://photochronograph.ru/2016/05/29/grazhdanska
          ya-vojna-v-demokraticheskoj-respublike-kongo /
        5. kapitan92
          kapitan92 31 January 2017 12: 47
          +15
          Quote: Alexander Romanov
          Quote: Smoked
          ongo is a sacred place for mercenaries.

          This is understandable, but what do we advocate? Well, what are they fighting for? Who is clearly. Can explain

          If you understand thoroughly, the "horse will break his leg."
          Until 1960, the Congo was a Belgian colony, June 30, 1960 gained independence under the name of the Republic of Congo. Since 1971 renamed to Zaire. In 1965, Joseph-Desiree Mobutu came to power. Comrade Mobutu conducted a partial nationalization, dealt with his opponents, in general, as always.
          The reign of Mobutu went down in history as one of the most corrupt in the twentieth century. Bribery and embezzlement flourished. The president himself had several palaces in Kinshasa and other cities of the country, a whole fleet of Mercedes cars and personal capital in Swiss banks, which by 1984 amounted to approximately $ 5 billion (at that time this amount was comparable to the country's external debt). Like many other dictators, Mobutu was elevated to almost demigod status during his lifetime. He was called the "father of the people", "the savior of the nation."
          He had good contacts with the CIA, supported Unita, who fought with the Communists in Angola. In 1975, an economic crisis began in Zaire; in 1989 a default was declared: the state was not able to pay external debt.
          Mass genocide began in neighboring Rwanda in the mid-1990s, and several hundred thousand people fled to Zaire. Mobutu sent government troops to the eastern regions of the country to expel refugees from there, as well as the Tutsi people (in 1996, these people were ordered to leave the country). These actions caused widespread discontent in the country, and in October 1996, the Tutsis rebelled against the Mobutu regime. Together with other rebels, they joined the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of the Congo. He headed the organization Laurent Kabila, support was provided by the governments of Uganda and Rwanda.

          Government forces could not oppose anything to the rebels, and in May 1997, opposition forces entered Kinshasa. Mobutu fled the country, again renamed the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This was the beginning of the so-called Great African War, in which more than twenty armed groups representing nine African states participated. It killed more than 5 million people.
          Kabila, who came to power in the DRC with the help of the Rwandans, was not a puppet at all, but a completely independent political figure. He refused to dance to the tune of the Rwandans, declaring himself a Marxist and follower of Mao Zedong. Having removed his Tutsi “friends” from the government, Kabila received in response a rebellion of the two best formations of the new DRC army. On August 2, 1998, the 10th and 12th Infantry Brigades revolted in the country. In addition to this, fighting broke out in Kinshasa, where the Tutsi militants flatly refused to disarm.
          On August 4, Colonel James Cabarere (of Tutsi origin) hijacked a passenger plane and, together with his followers, drove it to the city of Keaton (the rear of the DRC government forces). Here he teamed up with frustrated Mobutu army fighters and opened a Second Front against Kabila. The rebels captured the ports of Lower Congo and took control of the Iga Falls hydroelectric power station.

          Kabila scratched his black turnip, and turned to his Angolan comrades for help. On August 23, 1998, Angola entered into conflict, throwing tank columns into battle. On August 31, Cabarere forces were destroyed. The few surviving rebels retreated into friendly UNITA territory. To the heap, Zimbabwe (a friend of the Russian Federation in Africa, where salaries are paid out in millions of dollars - Zimbabwean) joined the battle, which transferred 11 soldiers to the DRC; and Chad, on the side of which Libyan mercenaries fought.
          Beginning in the fall of 1998, Zimbabwe began to use the Mi-35 in battles, which launched strikes from the Thornhill base and, apparently, were controlled by Russian military specialists. Angola threw into battle the Su-25 purchased in Ukraine. It seemed that these forces were enough to wipe the insurgents into powder, but there it was. The Tutsi and the RCD were well prepared for the war, acquired a significant amount of MANPADS and anti-aircraft guns, after which they began to clear the sky of enemy vehicles.
          It is worth noting that at the end of 1998, rebels began to shoot down civilian aircraft landing on the territory of the DRC. So for example, in December 1998, a Boeing 727-100 of the Congo Airlines company was shot down from MANPADS. The rocket hit the engine, after which the plane caught fire and crashed into the jungle.

          By the end of 1999, the Great African War was reduced to the confrontation of the DRC, Angola, Namibia, Chad and Zimbabwe against Rwanda and Uganda.
          During 2001-2002 regional alignment of forces has not changed. Opponents, tired of the bloody war, exchanged sluggish blows. On July 20, 2002 in Pretoria, Joseph Kabila and Rwandan President Paul Kagame signed a peace agreement. In accordance with it, the 20th contingent of the Rwandan army was withdrawn from the DRC, all Tutsi organizations on the territory of the DRC were officially recognized, and armed Hutu formations were disarmed. On September 27, 2002, Rwanda began withdrawing its first units from the territory of the DRC. Other participants in the conflict followed.
          In May 2003, a civil war broke out between the Congolese Hema and Lendu tribes. At the same time, 700 UN troops turned out to be in the very center of the battle, who had to withstand the attacks coming from both sides of the conflict.
          Finally, the Great African War ended on June 30, 2003. On this day in Kinshasa, rebels and the new DRC president Joseph Kabila signed a peace agreement, sharing power. The headquarters of the armed forces and the Navy remained under the jurisdiction of the president; rebel leaders led the ground forces and the Air Force. The country was divided into 10 military districts, passing them under control to the leaders of the main groups.
          A separate paragraph is worth mentioning about the uprising of the M23 group, which included former soldiers of the army of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The uprising began in April 2012 in the east of the country. In November of that year, the rebels managed to capture the city of Goma on the border with Rwanda, but soon they were driven out by government forces.
          In October 2013, the DRC authorities announced the complete victory of the M23. However, this victory is local in nature, since the border provinces are controlled by various gangs and mercenary units, which are not incorporated into the vertical of the Congolese government.
          Naturally, no one had surrendered weapons (there were no idiots on the borderland). Thus, the conflict that began 17 years ago and does not think to end, which means that the battle for the Congo is still ongoing.
          In short, then who is it.
        6. Themi30
          Themi30 31 January 2017 12: 54
          +1
          In addition to the notorious diamonds, there are rare earth metals that are easy to mine there. Africa is very rich, so they are fighting there. all and sundry. More precisely, world corporations are fighting there, for the right to extract all this wealth, at the hands of numerous groups and parties, feeding them PMCs, although the French are known to be fighting on their own for example.
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        8. Andrey Yuryevich
          Andrey Yuryevich 31 January 2017 13: 31
          0
          Quote: Alexander Romanov
          Well, what are they fighting for? Who is clearly. Can explain

          Sanya, hi, I explain it clearly: there are such “fantastic green” in the world, they’re “fighting” for them ...
    4. aszzz888
      aszzz888 31 January 2017 13: 29
      +1
      Alexander Romanov Today, 11:58 New
      Sorry, but in Congo, who is against whom? And for what? Or against what?

      And all against all. And for what, and against what - they no longer remember, they shoot at each other, that's all.
    5. 33 Watcher
      33 Watcher 31 January 2017 16: 26
      0
      Quote: Alexander Romanov
      Sorry, but in Congo, who is against whom? And for what? Or against what?

      Under the contract ... There are helicopters, and the pilots are hired. I also know ours, he really flew on a white 24-ke, according to the UN mandate. Those. the employer is different, but the place is the same. DRC ...
    6. Alex_Rarog
      Alex_Rarog 31 January 2017 18: 56
      0
      Also damn shocked. Choo Belarusians and Georgians in the Congo do ... but damn it even together ....
  2. Mar.Tirah
    Mar.Tirah 31 January 2017 12: 02
    +1
    I thought that the difficult times when combat pilots left for Africa because of unemployment ended. Yes, and international debt is now not in fashion. Okay, Georgians, but Belarusians how? It turned out that there isn’t? Or is it the amount proposed?
  3. Rabinowicz
    Rabinowicz 31 January 2017 12: 07
    0
    Belarusians fighting in Congo? request
    1. Smoked
      Smoked 31 January 2017 12: 10
      +5
      Belarusian pilots in Africa have been flying for a long time.
    2. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 31 January 2017 12: 16
      +2
      Quote: Rabinovich
      Belarusians fighting in Congo?

      Yes, we ourselves are in shock
    3. Same lech
      Same lech 31 January 2017 12: 32
      0
      Belarusians fighting in Congo?

      Yeah, a couple with the Georgians ... where the world is heading ... what have they lost there?
      1. HAM
        HAM 31 January 2017 13: 44
        +1
        They lost the same thing as in the Donbass. They are trying to make money on someone else's blood. But, as you can see, you can lose your own ..
    4. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 31 January 2017 13: 20
      +5
      Anyone who says that he is a pilot and can
      confirm it. Turntables and planes and those whom
      copied and those who took away the rights of the pilot. They pay ... Or money
      or diamonds. "Or pan or gone"
  4. barclay
    barclay 31 January 2017 12: 10
    +2
    At the same time, the press service emphasized that "the pilots have no relation to the armed forces of Georgia and are in the DRC as private individuals."
    No, “respected”, these are Georgian troops on the territory of a foreign state, as the defense ministry reports. (Who was whistling about Russian troops in the Donbass?)
  5. Mar.Tirah
    Mar.Tirah 31 January 2017 12: 11
    +1
    Quote: Rabinovich
    Belarusians fighting in Congo? request

    Belarusians are fighting on arable land! But you are excusable. You are not Russian!
  6. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 31 January 2017 12: 17
    +1
    are in the DRC as private individuals

    So mercenaries. Interestingly, and Belarusian military helicopter pilots also as "private individuals"?
  7. Rabinowicz
    Rabinowicz 31 January 2017 12: 19
    0
    Quote: Mar. Tira
    You're not Russian

    Half Russian.
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 31 January 2017 12: 21
      +5
      Quote: Rabinovich
      Half Russian.

      Eeeee, Vladimir Volfovich, is that you?
      1. WUA 518
        WUA 518 31 January 2017 12: 34
        +4
        In the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in a mountainous area in the province of North Kivu, about 100 km north of Goma, on the morning of January 27, 2017, two combat helicopters of the Mi-24 DRC air force crashed. The Belgian news agency Belga reported that during a reconnaissance flight as a couple to detect rebels from the M23 group, one of the helicopters hit the rotor blades of the tree tops near Mount Myceno at an altitude of about 500 meters and crashed. The second helicopter, having lost visual contact with the first machine, undertook its search and also crashed - probably for the same reason. However, according to another report, the helicopters may have been shot down by rebels from the Strela portable air defense systems.

        As the Armenian web resource razm.info reports citing Georgian sources, the crew of one helicopter consisted of citizens of Georgia, and the second - of citizens of Belarus. The Georgian crew made an emergency landing, a helicopter under the control of the citizens of Belarus crashed. It is known that all five people aboard the “Belarusian” helicopter (three crew members from Belarus and two DRC officers) were injured. On board the “Georgian” helicopter were four (three crew members and one DRC officer), as of January 30, they were missing. Heavy rains from the evening of January 27 made it difficult to find this helicopter.




        Mi-24V helicopter (registration number 9T-NM19) DRC Air Force. Goma, 17.11.2012/XNUMX/XNUMX (c) Guido Potters / www.airliners.net


        The information was also confirmed in the Georgian Ministry of Defense, the Georgian news site Interpressnews reports. A comment by the Georgian Ministry of Defense states that the pilots have nothing to do with the Georgian armed forces and are in the DRC as private individuals.

        According to South African military observer Darren Olivier, the crash site of one Mi-24 helicopter was discovered on the afternoon of January 27 by a pair of Denel Rooivalk combat helicopters from the UN African stabilization contingent in the DRC (MONUSCO), after which all five people on board the crashed " Belarusian "helicopter, were evacuated by the South African transport helicopter Oryx to the hospital in Goma.

        According to one report, four on board a “Georgian” helicopter, including three Georgian crew members (named “Russians” in the message) and DRC colonel Kvasundova, were shot dead by rebels on the morning of January 28. Before this evening, on January 27, Colonel Kvasundove contacted his relatives by mobile phone, but then the connection was interrupted.

        Presumably, the lost helicopters are two of the four Mi-24V helicopters received in May 2010 from Ukraine; before delivery, the helicopters underwent repairs at the Aviakon Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant (registration numbers of DRC received helicopters from 9T-NM16 to 9T-NM19) .
        1. Delink
          Delink 31 January 2017 12: 41
          +1
          Presumably, the lost helicopters are two of the four Mi-24V helicopters received in May 2010 from Ukraine; before delivery, the helicopters underwent repairs at the Aviakon Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant (registration numbers of DRC received helicopters from 9T-NM16 to 9T-NM19


          Then everything is clear why they crashed. Helicopters have their own maidan! Electronics influenced the minds of pilots.
      2. novel66
        novel66 31 January 2017 12: 37
        +2
        for better or worse?
      3. Koshak
        Koshak 31 January 2017 14: 55
        +1
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        Quote: Rabinovich
        Half Russian.

        Eeeee, Vladimir Volfovich, is that you?

        Mom is Russian, and dad is a lawyer.
    2. CONTROL
      CONTROL 31 January 2017 12: 54
      0
      Quote: Rabinovich
      Quote: Mar. Tira
      You're not Russian

      Half Russian.

      ... and in the second half of what - to wear panties or to remove the cross?
      ... judging by the nickname!
  8. Penzioner
    Penzioner 31 January 2017 12: 45
    +3
    they are just there for grandmas. Well, hone skill
    1. novel66
      novel66 31 January 2017 13: 13
      +2
      it is visible - mastery is
  9. Mar.Tirah
    Mar.Tirah 31 January 2017 15: 12
    +3
    Quote: Rabinovich
    Quote: Mar. Tira
    You're not Russian

    Half Russian.

    Then you should know that BELARUS is a family of tractors, and BELARUS is the nationality of a person.
    1. Rabinowicz
      Rabinowicz 31 January 2017 15: 20
      0
      It's not so simple. Belarus - Belarusians.