"On February 28, 2021 during a routine flight aimed at patrolling the territory of the Al-Hasakah Governorate (the Syrian Arab Republic) the Mi-35 helicopter was forced to land due to technical reasons," the ministry stated.
The Mi-35 helicopter’s crew members were immediately taken to an airfield by a search and rescue service. "Nothing is endangering the pilots’ lives. According to the crew’s report, there had been no fire effect on the helicopter," the ministry stated.
In the Al-Hasakah Governorate, a convoy of civilian vehicles heading along the strategically important M4 highway is escorted by the Mi-8AMTSh transport helicopter and the Mi-35 combat helicopter.
The Mi-8AMTSh transport helicopter moves at the distance of 5-10 km ahead of the convoy with a group of fire cover onboard. It carries out aerial reconnaissance for the emergence of militants near the highway. In its turn, the Mi-35 combat helicopter provides a rearguard for the convoy to prevent the approach of other vehicles.