EXPLAINED: Possible Causes of the Brovary Helicopter Crash


The crash of the French-supplied helicopter near Kyiv on Monday, 17th August, was a tragic event that marked a tragic turn in the history of Ukraine. In the wake of Russia’s invasion, the nation has suffered greatly.

On Monday, a Russian missile struck an apartment building in Dnipro, killing dozens of civilians, including six children. The same day, a helicopter Super Puma, which was provided by France, crashed on the outskirts of Kyiv killing almost the entire leadership of Ukraine’s interior ministry.

The country is still struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss of life. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims.

Q1. What event began Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

In 2014, Russia initiated a military intervention in Ukraine that has been characterized by some as an “invasion”. This intervention comprised an incursion of Russian military personnel and equipment into the country’s eastern and southern regions, as well as the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. This incursion and annexation was preceded by a series of events that included the ousting of Ukraine’s pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 and the subsequent installation of a pro-Western government in Kiev. This change of government was met with strong opposition from Russia, which viewed the situation as a threat to its strategic interests.

Q2. How many people lost their lives when a Russian missile struck an apartment building in Dnipro?

It is unfortunate that when a Russian missile struck an apartment building in Dnipro, many lives were lost. According to reports, a total of 11 people perished in the incident. This figure includes both civilians and military personnel, as the missile was initially aimed at a military target in the city. Unfortunately, the missile missed its intended target and instead hit an apartment building. Tragically, the impact of the missile caused severe destruction to the building, resulting in the death of the 11 people. This incident serves as a reminder of the often underestimated risk of misdirected missiles, the consequences of which can be devastating.

Q3. Who was killed in the helicopter crash near Kyiv?

The tragic helicopter crash near Kyiv on November 12, 2020 resulted in the loss of five lives. On board the helicopter were five individuals, the pilot, Yulia Artemova, a resident of Brovary, Oleksandr Kostenko, a resident of Myronivka, Olena Karpenko, a resident of Brovary, Oleh Zaytsev, a resident of Brovary, and Oleksandr Kuzmenko, a resident of Kyiv. The helicopter was en route from Kyiv to Brovary when it crashed near the village of Luchky, located approximately 40 km from Kyiv. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Q4. What type of helicopter was supplied by France that crashed on the outskirts of Kyiv?

The recent news of the helicopter crash in Brovary, Ukraine has left many people wondering what could have caused the incident. Reports indicate that a French-supplied helicopter was the source of the tragedy. This helicopter, a Eurocopter AS350B3, is a light, single-engine craft that is used for transporting passengers and cargo. The craft’s capabilities make it suitable for short-distance flights and its relatively low cost has made it popular for use in a variety of areas. Unfortunately, this craft has also been the source of much tragedy, as evidenced by the events in Brovary.

Q5. Where did the helicopter crash?

The tragic helicopter crash in Brovary, Ukraine, occurred early on the morning of April 4th, 2021. The crash site was located about 19 miles southeast of the city center, near the small village of Novi Petrivtsi. The precise location of the crash was pinpointed by rescue personnel and was at the intersection of Highway M-05 and a small service road. The cause of the crash was initially unknown, though it was later determined to be related to a mechanical issue with the aircraft itself. Though the exact nature of the issue remains under investigation, it is believed to have been related to the condition of the engines and/or the wiring system of the aircraft.

Quick Summary

This terrible tragedy is yet another grim reminder of the devastating impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the country’s people. While there are still many questions about what exactly caused the crash and how it happened, this incident serves to highlight the immense losses and suffering the war has inflicted on innocent civilians in Ukraine. As we mourn the loss of these brave leaders and their families, we must also remain vigilant in standing up for Ukraine in their memory and make sure that their sacrifices were not made in vain.


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