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SAAF helicopter damaged in DRC evading ground fire

Date: 5 September 2018

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) helicopter was slightly damaged whilst evading ground fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday.

It is believed that the Oryx medium transport helicopter, deployed under the United Nations (UN) flag, was fired upon in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), sustaining damage to its rotor blades whilst evading ground fire when flying in the Beni area.

The aircraft landed safely without injury to the crew.

The SAAF operates a number of Oryx medium transport helicopters and three Rooivalk attack helicopters on behalf of the UN in the DRC. They form part of the aviation unit of MONUSCO and its Force Intervention Brigade (FIB). South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi's soldiers are all part of the UN intervention brigade to bring the various rebel groups operating in the east of the DRC under control. The FIB is the first ever UN peacekeeping force given an offensive mandate.

Confirmation from the SANDF is still awaited.


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