Copter crash kills 2 Cambodian militarygenerals
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two generalswho led the helicopter unit of Cambodia's air force were killed in a crashMonday, along with two pilots, police said. Defense Minister Tea Banh, whorushed to the crash site in a muddy pond south of the capital, said a fifthperson on the chopper was seriously injured.
Gen. Um Phy, deputy chief of staff ofCambodia's air force, confirmed the casualty count and said the aircraft was aChinese-made Z-9 helicopter. Authorities had previously said five people werekilled.
It was not immediately clear what causedthe accident, which police said was a training mission for new pilots.
Two of the dead men were a major generaland a brigadier general, Phnom Penh Deputy Police Chief Chuon Narin said. Anincident report filed by police at the scene said the generals were the headand deputy head of the helicopter unit, and the other two men were pilots.Military officials confirmed the men's ranks, but not their positions. Thesurvivor was not identified.
Hans Solo 3 hours ago One man reportedly jumped clear of thechopper. So they know it was going down, perhaps with the enginesputtering.
With plenty of open fields, why didnt they just autorotate, land the chopperand wait for maintenance to arrive in their tuk tuks? Why they flew into thedeep wash?
Chinese choppers are probably nailed together with rusty tin sheets andequipped with recycled lawn mower engines.
I would hate to fly with Premier Hun Sen in his rusty, highly-experiencesCambodian Airforce Uno Antonov-15, manhandled by brand-new coollies pilotsfresh from the rice paddies...
JOSEPHN 4 hours ago Captain Obvious says - That helicopter wasMade in China!
CIA 21 hours ago So they put two Generals in a chopper thatwas on a training mission for new pilots? WHY?
Billy Lee 2 hours ago What did I say about Chinese made airplanesand helicopters? If it is made in China, it is a disaster in the making andanyone who is brave enough to be flying it will experience its ultimate result- CRASH!!!
Brian 1 hour ago Says a lot about their helicopter unit.
Squib_Kick 52 minutes ago If those Cambodian generals flied with aVietnam-war era Huey, they would still be alive.
Hootin An Hollerin 4 hours ago That helicopter looks like a toy. And thatdoesn't look like any rice field I've ever seen.
Charli 5 hours ago Two generals huh? Wonder if these guys werein the military serving under Pol Pot? If they were then they probably got whatthey deserve.
Allen 2 hours ago Oh, Fake helicopters from china again. Itold you beware of products coming from china.
bobby 2 hours ago Before you bash the Chinese Z9-- it'sactually a licensed clone of Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin.
Jose 4 hours ago Is this irony or what? Usually it's thegenerals that tell you to get on the helicopter and then it crashes.
troyk 4 hours ago Wait, if movies have taught me anything,it's that that helicopter should have exploded!
Andy 4 hours ago "It was not immediately clear whatcaused the accident, which police said was a training mission for newpilots"
Isn't obvious to the mass? It's Chinese made version of the French helicopter.My condolences to the deceased families and relatives.
Chris 6 hours ago Training? Training on how to clear out yourGeneral Staff quickly.
Vince 4 hours ago The helicopters were made in china. But,however, the pentagon, last week grounded all 1000 F-35 jets fighers. Aparently they are made prettyterrible too, made in the USA. That is what happens when you don't pay theunion both sides of the pacific. You will both get terrible products.
TruthMakesAnger 5 hours ago Some Cambodian Colonels are celebratingtonight.
eighty s 3 hours ago Chinese made helicopters, there's theproblem right there. Different story if it was a Blackhawk.
OhioPat 5 hours ago Don't worry, it was no accident. This ishow promotions take place in the third world.
Sam 5 hours ago This is how officials retire in manycountries.
Ben Dover 2 hours ago I've already figured out what the problemwas with the chopper. It was on a big sticker on the underside of the aircraft:MADE IN CHINA.
Juan 5 hours ago I chuckle a little any time a general iskilled.