A Russian Mi-8MTV-1 in support of the United Nations. Strikingly, this UTair owned helicopter was severely damaged in July 2006 as ZS-RUC while fighting a fire in the forests near Spitskop (South Africa) when it lost power while uplifting water. The pilot released the bambi bucket but his helo lost altitude, hit the water, turned onto the side and started sinking with all three crew escaping unhurt. The wreck was recovered and the helicopter was cancelled from register on 19 March 2008. It was rebuilt and again taken on charge with UTair for UN-service.
Incredible to believe the following story when seeing this wreck. This former Ukraine Air Force and civilian Russian Aeroflot helicopter was sold to Chad in 1999. After an attack at Faya Largeau airfield, northern Chad 3 October 2002, rebels destroyed the helicopter. It was transported to N'Djamena in 2005 where it was stored in a hangar, thereafter it was seen like the picture in scrap compound at the field. Late 2008, it was moved to Russia where it was rebuilt and subsequently returned to Chad as aircargo in an An-124 in November 2009. The Hip is currently still operational.
Armée de l'Air Tchadienne operates, according to the latest available information, three Mi-171s and two Mi-171Es. They are all based at the military part of the Chadian international airport, N'Djamena/Hassan Djamous, named Kossei.
Accompanying Ecuador's president on a trip to a brand new gas terminal at the beach. He didn't ride in this one though, he chose to hop on a more conventional Dhruv. A poor decision by the President. (Nikon D610 + Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR ED)