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Flying ambulance MBB BK117C-1 helicopter EP-AVE was substantially damaged when it crash landed shortly after take –off from Ilam Airport, Iran, on 10 February 2021. The HEMS equipped helicopter was on its way to rescue a child that was seriously injured after stepping on a mine.

EP-AVE is one of the seven BK117s (registered EP-AVA to EP-AVG) that are registered to the AVA Salamat Air Emergency Company of the Iranian Ministery of Public Health. The photos of the accident show that the helicopter’s skids collapsed, possibly as the result of the impact on the ground, and that the rotorblades were shattered. At the moment, no official cause of the crashlanding has been revealed.

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