Russian Helicopter Looted at Kabul Airport – Airline

Source: themoscowtimes.com

Unidentified individuals looted the Mil Mi-8MTV helicopter two days after Kabul fell to the Taliban and the Afghan government fled the country.utair.ru

A Russian transport helicopter was looted at the Kabul airport during the chaotic scramble to flee Taliban militants following the group’s sudden takeover of Afghanistan, the aircraft’s operator UTair confirmed to The Moscow Times on Wednesday.

Unidentified individuals boarded the Mil Mi-8MTV helicopter on Aug. 17, two days after Kabul fell to the Taliban and the Afghan government fled the country, said Natalya Melekhova, a spokesperson for Russia’s third-largest airline UTair.

“They opened a container with airborne rescue equipment, which contained tools and unopened food supplies. The inner lining was also damaged. Our engineering staff put things back in order on board and performed the work necessary to guarantee safe departure,” Melekhova said.

She added that the helicopter and all UTair personnel were moved to a secure location on Aug. 22.

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