On January 28, 1992, MI-8 civilian helicopter, flying from Aghdam to Shusha was shot down by Armenians with mortars from the direction of Khankendi.
The terrorist incident took place near Khalfali village of Shusha. As a result of the incident, totally 44 people including 41 passengers with women and children and 3 crew members were killed.
Two months before this incident – on November 20, 1991, MI-8 helicopter was shot down by Armenians with a number of public figures and journalists on board near Garakend village of Khodjavand region.
22 people - State Secretary Tofig Ismayilov, Deputy Prime Minister Zulfu Hajiyev, State Advisor, former Interior Minister Mahammad Asadov, Prosecutor General Ismat Gayibov, parliamentarians Vagif Jafarov and Vali Mammadov, Department Chief of the President’s Office Osman Mirzayev, First Deputy Minister of International Affairs of Kazakhstan Sanlal Serikov, employee of Azerbaijan State TV and Radio Ali Mustafayev and others were killed as a result of the tragedy.