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Mi-17 helicopter crash in Bulgaria (V2)

(B2) A Bulgarian Mi-17 helicopter (Russian-made) crashed on Monday evening at the Krumovo air base (near Plovdiv in southern Bulgaria). For some unexplained reason, it was around 20:30 p.m. While the helicopter was on a training flight, it suddenly lost altitude and fell about 30 meters, the official confirmed. Bulgarian Ministry of Defense.

Despite the intervention of rescue and fire personnel from the base, to prevent the explosion of the helicopter, the pilot (Plamen Pantileev) and the co-pilot (Stoyan Nedelchev) died. The third crew member, chief mechanic (Alexey Kamenov) was recovered, injured but conscious. Transported in first emergency, to the St. Georgi University Hospital in Plovdiv, he was then transferred to the Military Medical Academy in Sofia. His condition is stable, according to the Bulgarian authorities. An investigation has been initiated.


Paper updated Tuesday, June 12 with the latest information

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).