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The following is an incomplete list of Russian aircraft losses in the Second Chechen War. It includes both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

The general Russian aircraft losses 1999-2002 consisted of about 45 helicopters (23 Mi-8, 16 Mi-24, three Mi-26 and three others[1]) and 11 fixed-wing aircraft (four Su-24 fighter-bombers and seven Su-25 ground-attack aircraft).


  • August 9, 2 Mi-8 helicopters were hit, on the ground at Botlikh airfield, Dagestan, by anti-tank guided missiles, one killed.

In a different accident in the same day a Russian border guards Mi-8 suffered tail separation on take-off in Dagestan. Three crew members were injured - probabliy repaired.

  • August 11, an Mi-8MT shot down by gunfire near the village of Novokuli, killing three.
  • September 9, a Su-25 crashed near the village of Buinaksk in Dagestan, due to mechanical malfunction. Pilot ejected and rescued.
  • September 11, a Russian military helicopter downed shot down near the Dagestani village of Duchi while on a reconnaissance mission.[2]
  • September 24, an Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter crash-landed and exploded in Dagestan with reported no casualties.
  • October 3, a Su-25 was shot down by a missile during a reconnaissance mission over the village of Tolstoy-Yurt killing its pilot.
  • October 4, a Su-24 shot down near the Chechen capital Grozny while searching for the Su-25 attack plane crashed the day before; the pilot was killed while the navigator was captured. [1]
  • December 13, a Su-25 ground attack plane went down in the morning in the area of Bachi-Yurt. Russian military officials said that the aircraft went down due to one of its S-13 unguided rockets jamming in the launcher and causing serious damage to the plane. The pilot, Sergei Borisyuk, has ejected safely and rescued after 26 hours.
  • Later in the same day a Mi-24 and a Mi-8 were destroyed while searching for the Su-25 plane that crashed earlier. The Mi-24 crashed in heavy fog killing two crewmembers. A Mi-8 was able to locate and pickup the pilot of the Su-25, however two Mi-8s returned to the Mi-24's crash site and were attacked by Chechen rebels near the village of Staryye Atagi, while carrying out a low altitude flight. One of the Mi-8s was shot down and crashed, killing four people on board.


  • January 12, two Mi-8 pilots, including the Hero of the Soviet Union Nikolay Maidanov, killed in an ambush as they prepared to land at Grozny Khankala airfield; the machine crash-landed by flight technician.
  • January 22, one Mi-8 helicopter suffered mechanical malfunction and crash-landed; no casualties. Another Mi-8 suffered mechanical malfunction and crash-landed; several injured.
  • January 29, two Russian Mi-8 transport helicopters came under fire over southern Chechnya, killing one man and severely wounding another.
  • February 18, a Russian army Mi-8 transport helicopter was shot down in the south of Chechnya, killing 15 people aboard.[3]
  • February 21, an Mi-24 assault helicopter was heavily damaged by ground fire near Shatoi and crash-landed; no casualties.
  • May 7, a Su-24MR reconnaissance plane crashed into a mountain in dense fog near the village of Benoi-Vedeno during a target-acquisition mission for a flight of several Su-25; the crew of two killed.
  • May 14, an Mi-8 crashed on take-off due to a technical problem; 15 people on board were injured.
  • June 12, a Russian army transport helicopter crashed near Grozny, killing the crew of four.
  • August 6, an Mi-8 downed by ground fire, killing one airborne soldier.


  • May 31, an Mi-8 with 15 passengers aboard damaged by ground fire; pilot died from wounds after landing the damaged helicopter.
  • June 1, two members of the State Duma's defence committee Alexei Arbatov and Yevgeny Zelenov injured in an attack near the border with Chechnya; the pilot of the helicopter was fatally wounded, and the co-pilot was forced to make an emergency landing.[4]
  • June 14, two Russian Air Force Su-25 planes simultaneously crashed into a mountain while on a combat mission, killing both pilots. The two aircraft crashed due to low visibility and difficult terrain.
  • June 14, one Mi-8 heavily damaged by ground fire and made emergency landing; crew unharmed.
  • July 19, a Russian Interior Ministry helicopter crashes near Engenoi, killing nine special forces troops and wounding five.[5]
  • August 4, an Mi-8 transport helicopter crashes near the village of Tuskhoroi in Chechnya, killing three and injuring five.
  • August 15, a Mi-25 gunship shot down by a GP-30 grenade launcher near Tsa Vedeno, killing both pilots.[6]
  • August 17, Chechen fighters claim to shoot down a helicopter, a claim denied by Russian officials.[7][8]
  • September 2, Russian military helicopter Mi-8 crashed down near the Chechen village of Khindoy, killing four Russian servicesman were killed and wounding two.
  • September 17, a surface-to-air missile shot down a VIP Mi-8 helicopter over central Grozny killing 13. The explosion killed several high-ranking Army officers, Major-General Anatoli Pozdnyakov (member of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces), Major-General Pavel Varfolomeyev (deputy director of staff of the Defence Ministry of Russia), eight colonels, and three crew members.[9][10][11]


  • January 27, a Russian Interior Ministry Mi-8 was shot down in Nadterechny District and exploded, killing 14 people including the crew. Among those killed in the crash were Russian Deputy Interior Minister Lieutenant-General Mikhail Rudchenko (responsible for security in the Southern Federal District), and deputy commander of the Internal Troops Major-General Nikolai Goridov, as well as several other high-ranking officers including colonels Oriyenko, Stepanenko, and Trafimov.[12]
  • February 7, a Russian military helicopter crashed and exploded shortly after take-off from Grozny, killing eight to 10 people aboard.[13]
  • April 29, a Russian Su-25 jet fighter crashed over the Vedeno region of southeast Chechnya, killing the pilot.[14]
  • August 9, the resistance fighters shot down an Mi-8 military helicopter near the village of Dyshne-Vedeno, killing up to three crew members.[15]
  • August 19, an overloaded Mi-26 transport helicopter crashes into a mine field near the main Russian army base of Khankala, killing 127 soldiers aboard after being hit by a rebel missile. As of 2008, is the greatest loss of life in the history of helicopter aviation.[16][17] A Day of Mourning was declared in Russia in connection with the catastrophe.[18]
  • August 31, Russian forces announced that an Mi-24 was shot down by enemy fire near Nozhai-Yurt, killing both crew members, as the 36th helicopter lost since September 1999.[19]
  • October 18, a military helicopter crashed into the Terek river in Chechnya, killing at least one.[20]
  • October 29, an Mi-8 helicopter crashed during an attempted landing near Grozny, killing three crew members and an onboard officer.[21]
  • September 1, a Russian military Mi-24 helicopter was shot down by a missile near the mountain village of Meskhety, with both crew members killed.[22]
  • September 27, an Mi-24 gunship helicopter was shot down over Galashki in Ingushetia during a fierce firefight with rebels, killing two airmen.[23]
  • November 3, Chechen rebels shot down an Mi-8, killing nine servicemen. The helicopter was struck by a portable ground-to-air missile fired from a building near Grozny shortly after its take-off from Khankala.


  • March 20, two Mi-24 have gone missing during a combat mission in Chechnya.[24]
  • July 7, an Mi-8 military helicopter crashed outside the village of Novogroznensky, killing four and injuring 11 servicemen.
  • August 7, an Mi-8 helicopter came under fire from the ground and crashed in the area of the Dyshne-Vedeno, killing one and seriously injuring two.[25]


  • September 5, an Mi-8 belonging to the MVD was found crashed into a mountain near the Ingush village of Karabulak, killing two and injuring one.
  • September 14, Chechen rebels shot down an Mi-24 helicopter, both crew members survived and landed safely.[26]


  • March 10, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashes en route to Khankala, after hitting a power line (bullet holes were later reportedly found in the wreckage.[27]). The crash killed 15 of the 16 people abroad, including members of the spetsnaz commando unit, Khabarovsk FSB, and the crew,[28]
  • March 22, a Russian Mi-8 military helicopter crashed near Khankala, with some reports saying six people on board were killed.[29]
  • July 16, a Russian border guard Mi-8 helicopter crashed in the Chechen mountains, resulting in eight dead, with one survivor.[30]


  • September 11, three army generals, including chief of logistics of Russia's North Caucasus Military District, Major-General Vladimir Sorokin, died when an army Mi-8 crashed in a suburb of Vladikavkaz, killing at least 12. A North Ossetian Islamic rebel group claimed they shot down the helicopter, but the defence ministry say the aircraft struck a tree in thick fog.[31]


  • April 27, a Russian military Mi-8 helicopter with special forces was downed by automatic rifle fire in Chechnya, killing all 20 people aboard.[32]

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