One of Russia’s most advanced attack helicopters, the Mi-28 “Night Hunter,” crashed today while operating in Syria. Russian officials say that the helicopter was not taking enemy fire at the time and went down due to technical reasons, killing both crewman onboard. A team is reportedly on the scene trying to determine what exactly caused the crash.
If you take Russia’s statement at face value, it could mean the imminent grounding of the entire Mi-28 fleet. A similar occurrence happened after an Mi-28 crashed spectacularly at an air show in Russia last Summer. That crash was said to have been due to a hydraulics system failure.