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Evacuation of the helicopter from a height of 4820 meters, Elbrus

In July, 2010, on the northern slope of the eastern summit of Elbrus, at an altitude of 4 820 meters, an Mi-8 (AMTSH) helicopter made an emergency landing.

Evacuation of the helicopter from a height of 4820 meters, Elbrus

The crew was not injured. The pilots were safely lowered by a group of climbers returning from the ascent.

This story is not about the reasons for how it happened, but about how a unique operation was performed to remove a helicopter from such an extreme height.
In January, MI-26 flew over the MI-8 forced landing point. During the flyby, it became clear that the Mi-26 can take a load of 4 820 meters from a height, weighing no more than 2,5 tons, under the conditions: a headwind not lower than 17 m / s, the surface temperature is not higher than -15С.

Weight helicopter 8,5 tons.

It was necessary to facilitate the helicopter to the desired weight.

For the organization of operations for the dismantling of units and equipment of the helicopter, no one was taken. All were skeptics.

But our country is rich in sorvi-heads and Lefties.

A team of a dozen servicemen from the mountain brigade and the 1-2 alternate engineering technicians set off for the mountains.

From May to October 2011 of the year, these guys turned over the helicopter, manually removed the engines, each weighing 340 kg and dragged for a hitch on 30 meters (the guys from the Ministry of Emergency Situations helped). They let down on their shoulders more than a ton of equipment.

About ascents and descents on the glacier, living at the height of 4 820 meters, weather tests, as well as the opening beauties - can not be described. The one who has experienced and seen beauty will understand this.

I am glad that we have people capable of performing courageous acts. And the successful completion of the operation is an indicator.

RS: photo mixed
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  1. Humpty
    Humpty 19 October 2013 08: 07
    Well done boys . Removing the gearbox is probably the most difficult task in this situation.
  2. vvp2412
    vvp2412 19 October 2013 08: 15
    Well done, men!
  3. Greyfox
    Greyfox 19 October 2013 09: 29
    Still, they would somehow tell us where the beaten Ka-32 came from, which is visible on the 2's photo (on the Mi-26's hitch and lying on its side). And only the Mi-8 is mentioned ....
    1. velikoros-xnumx
      velikoros-xnumx 21 October 2013 13: 57
      Quote: Greyfox
      Greyfox (3) RU October 19, 2013 09:29

      Still, they would somehow tell us where the beaten Ka-32 came from, which is visible on the 2's photo (on the Mi-26's hitch and lying on its side). And only the Mi-8 is mentioned ....

      so the signature at the end of the article reads:
      RS: photo mixed
    APASUS 19 October 2013 10: 23
    I was not far away on a business trip and I can say that 4820 meters is a lot, there’s nothing to breathe, it’s difficult to walk, an untrained person is most likely not to survive. The guys are well done, of course, and the equipment created by the USSR showed its own, the Americans simply abandoned it
  5. Chukcha
    Chukcha 19 October 2013 13: 50
    Quote: Greyfox
    Still, they would somehow tell us where the beaten Ka-32 came from, which is visible on the 2's photo (on the Mi-26's hitch and lying on its side). And only the Mi-8 is mentioned ....

    On Elbrus there are about 40 helicopters of various models, mainly MI-8. It was the pilot who told me that he flew there. French "Aluetas" were purchased for rescue operations. The "Aluets" have a lifting height of 8 thousand meters. However, a similar altitude record with a new engine was recently set on MI-8. However, I don't know the details.
  6. biglow
    biglow 19 October 2013 14: 21
    laid out a whole movie here how it all happened ...
  7. Tavrica
    Tavrica 19 October 2013 19: 09
    Once such a booze went)) I’m ready to upload a video of the evacuation of MI-8 from the plateau of Mount Everest, the height is about 5300 meters .... by helicopter MI-8 MTV (2006), This is not a Mi-26 with 20 tons of payload!
    If the Administration is interested, tell me how to upload the video.
  8. akm8226
    akm8226 19 October 2013 19: 44
    Fuck ... I myself served in the mountains and I know WHAT it costs ... huge respect for the guys ... I'm in shock ...
  9. Migari
    Migari 19 October 2013 19: 47
    Well, what can I say, here they are the men on whom Russia rests.
  10. old man54
    old man54 20 October 2013 06: 27
    Those who conducted a helicopter debriefing at a stand then paid normal money? The helicopter was almost not injured, it is clear that even the glass did not break, but it was worth a lot, especially from the latest modifications.
    Or again, as always, on the bare enthusiasm of everything and the exorbitant greed of officials and the military?
  11. kav669
    kav669 20 October 2013 16: 27
    Well done guys, such a job, at such an altitude. That's the way our army is strong and strong.
  12. Tavrica
    Tavrica 20 October 2013 16: 55
    Screen with video, height 5364 meters, evacuation, Helicopter crashed, the insurance refused to pay until it actually sees the helicopter, had to be evacuated to get insurance.
  13. duchy
    duchy 20 October 2013 19: 31
    In a word well done !! Honor and glory to them.
  14. Denis
    Denis 21 October 2013 04: 44
    But our country is rich in rip heads and lefties
    And unfortunately there are a lot of nonsense too. These ... (site rules prohibit) there is a transport, it seems like the Ju-52 was "imprisoned"
    To charge them, but the matter would be ruined
    This ... was shown on TV Star, even though the channel is normal
  15. Megatron
    Megatron 21 October 2013 07: 11
    And why was that helicopter evacuated?
  16. Rinat 1
    Rinat 1 21 October 2013 11: 17
    Handsome guys !!! On such as you hold the country !!!
  17. Rinat 1
    Rinat 1 21 October 2013 11: 37
    By the way, along the way, 2 helicopters were saved there, the pictures show that Mi drags Ka 52
    1. viktorR
      viktorR 21 October 2013 19: 24
      You probably printed, then rather Ka-32
  18. Lesnik
    Lesnik 22 October 2013 15: 20
    Here is an example on which the younger generation should be brought up! The question is why no one knows about this? Guys have done the impossible and almost no one knows about them! But then everyone knows the notorious House-2 and Sushu Sobchak. Where is the military propaganda?
  19. BARBED
    24 October 2013 17: 04
    Hello! Ka-27, belonged to the civil Regional search and rescue squad of Nalchik.
    The Ministry of Airways asked the Air Force Commander to pull out the Ka-27, if possible, which made an emergency landing in early June 2011 during the evacuation of the pilot and two passengers Robins, who made an emergency landing at an altitude of 3 700 meters.
    The crew commander MI-26 and the senior ground operation, who planned, organized and successfully completed the task and spent six months in the mountains without any problems, were presented to high ranks. On this all the awards ended.
    Submissions returned with the wording - not deserved.
  20. Petya
    Petya 19 February 2015 20: 59
    Who "filmed" the board, of course, well done, but ... What the fuck ... and how did the 8 end up there? I am more than sure that some "ace pilot" decided to earn another star for himself and apparently "did not shmogla" and screwed up. There is nothing to show off and go where it is not worth it, why look for an excuse for a reward, such flyers must be in full ... and demand damage from them. Everyone strives to be heroes, that's what happens when they try to do it from scratch and for the sake of their own self.