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Russiαn Mi 14 Sucked Underwater Takeoff

During a joint training exercise between Russiαn and Japanese forces in May of 2006, a Russiαn helicopter was performing amphibious maneuvers off the coast of the island of Sakhalin when disaster struck.

Footage taken on the scene shows how the helicopter repeatedly fails to take off from the ocean. Seconds later, its nose tips forward and its rotor blades clip the water, followed by the helicopter breaking up into small parts.

In the chaos that ensued, the rescue forces had to act quickly to retrieve the 13 passengers aboard the sinking helicopter…

The Mil Mi-14 (Russiαn: Миль Ми-14, NATO reporting name: Haze) is a Soviet shore-based nuclear-capable amphibious anti-submarine helicopter derived from the earlier Mi-8.

Design and developmen

Formal development of an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) version of the Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter was authorised by the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee and Council of Ministers in April 1965, with the objective of replacing the Mil Mi-4 in the short-range, shore based anti-submarine role. The new helicopter was required to have an endurance of 2 hours on station at a radius of 222 kilometres (120 nmi; 138 mi) from base.

The new design (with the internal designation V-14) differed from the Mi-8 in having a boat-like hull similar to the Sea King, allowing it to operate off the water, and a retractable four-point undercarriage,[N 1] with the mainwheels retracting into large sponsons on the rear of the fuselage. The helicopter was to be powered by two Klimov TV3-117MT turboshaft engines. A watertight weαpσns bay is fitted to the centreline of the fuselage allowing internal carriage of a single torpedo or eight depth charges, while a radome housing a search radar is fitted beneath the nose.

The first prototype V-14, converted from a Mi-8 and powered by the older and less powerful Klimov TV2-117 engines, flew on 1 August 1967.[2] Development was slowed by problems with the helicopter’s avionics and due to reliability problems with the TV3-117 engines, with production at Kazan not starting until 1973, and the helicopter (now designated Mi-14) entering service on 11 May 1976.

In January 2016, Russiαn Helicopters confirmed to Russiαn News Agency TASS that no final decision to revive production had been taken, but market demand, feasibility studies – including with Moscow’s defence ministry – and funding sources were under review. The programme remains a “priority” for Russiαn Helicopters. The company suggested the Mi-14 would appeal to civil operators in Russiα’s far north and those supplying the oil and gas industry, alongside the nation’s armed forces. Out of the almost 300 Mi-14s produced at Kazan Helicopters between 1973 and 1986, it is estimated that just 44 examples remain in active service.