On September 29, a helicopter of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) “crash landed” in the village of Mandi Kol of the district of Kohi Safi in the eastern province of Parwan, according to the TOLO TV. A spokesman for Parwan’ governor told the Afghan TV channel that fiver personnel of the AAF and the Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed and injured in the crash.
Hours later, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident and said that its fighters shot down the helicopter when it was about to carry out a raid in Kohi Safi. Counterparty to TOLO TV report that said the helicopter “crash landed,” Voice of Jihad [the news agency of the Taliban] said that local eyewitnesses saw the helicopter “burst into flames as it plunged into the ground.”
Experts were not able to identify the type of the helicopter due to the low quality of the image released by the Taliban. However, TOLO said that the helicopter was carrying ANA Commands. This suggests that it was a Russian-made Mi-17 from the AAF’s “Special Mission Wing.”
This was the second helicopter of the AAF crashed this month. On September 15, a MI-17 crashed in the district of Khak-e-Safid in the western province of Farah killing four officers of the AAF and the ANA. Back then, the Taliban said its fighters shot down the helicopter, but Afghan officials blamed the crash on a “technical failure.”