Mi-17 helicopter force-landed in Baddegama

29 May 2017 08:27 am - 20     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A Mi-17 helicopter of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) which was carrying out rescue and search operations had force-landed in Baddegama in Galle this morning.

SLAF Spokesman Group Captain Gihan Senaviratne said no casualties were reported in the accident. He said all crew members on board the helicopter were safe.

The Mi-17 had lost control when descending to distribute goods to a flood affected village in Baddegama.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena spoke to the pilot of the helicopter and appreciated his brave efforts, the Government Information Department said.

The SLAF deployed seven Mi-17 helicopters, three Bell 212 helicopters and one Bell 412 helicopter for rescue operations since Friday. (Darshana Sanjeewa)


Video by Anuradha Priyadarshana

  Comments - 20

  • Raks Monday, 29 May 2017 10:59 AM

    Mi 17 is old , but they are still being produced so it is a good helicopter , the probable cause here is either bad maintainence or sudden tailwind

    seqi Monday, 29 May 2017 11:21 AM

    I guess the goods got delivered sooner than expected..... via DM Android App

    Desmond Jeromme Monday, 29 May 2017 11:54 AM

    True, MR

    Moda Weerawansa Monday, 29 May 2017 11:58 AM

    Instead of spending billions for Minister's cars, why not we purchase some latest helicopters.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 29 May 2017 12:02 PM

    May be after the war, these were not used.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Monday, 29 May 2017 12:05 PM

    Current thieves are saving the previous thieves, this is the curse, none other curse.

    J Palitha Monday, 29 May 2017 12:06 PM

    This is not a big curse than MR

    Manuel Benjamin Monday, 29 May 2017 12:08 PM

    The very best services were provided by the Army, Navy, Air Force and our Police Department. Thanks for everyone.

    Moda Weerawansa Monday, 29 May 2017 12:10 PM

    Is Carlton is also under water? That may be the reason MR did not get out to see the flood victims and kiss and hug, to gain political gain.

    Dilshan Monday, 29 May 2017 08:56 AM

    its already too old now

    Tharidu Monday, 29 May 2017 09:15 AM

    Even our arms also too old

    Snowy Monday, 29 May 2017 09:15 AM

    First an Airman crashes and now the chopper. Come on TV and talk big. Come on!

    RW Monday, 29 May 2017 09:14 AM

    curse from Ven Sobitha via DM iOS App

    Bubble Banda Monday, 29 May 2017 09:59 AM

    God saved everyone who were boarded to this Helicopter, thanks to the Pilot, he should be rewarded.

    Desmond Jeromme Monday, 29 May 2017 10:00 AM

    Blessings of the Almighty God is always there for the people who works for the right mission. Thanks to the Pilot and appreciate his braveness.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 29 May 2017 10:02 AM

    Our Forces consists of brave people, this is one example. Good job my son (the Pilot).

    One Shot Ranjan Monday, 29 May 2017 10:03 AM

    My humble request Mr. President, please promote this Pilot for the next rank and reward him too.

    Vilo Monday, 29 May 2017 10:05 AM

    Now we can use Politicians luxury vehicles capable of off roading to save victims and distribute supplies.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 29 May 2017 10:24 AM

    Something is working like curse on this country.

    dammika Monday, 29 May 2017 10:49 AM

    What is the meaning of froce

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