The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has confirmed the downing of the Russian Mi-24 helicopter with an anti-aircraft missile over Armenia.
Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan:
“The helicopter flight took place very close to the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the conflict zone, where active hostilities continue.
The flight took place in the dark, at low altitude, outside the air defense detection zone.
Helicopters of the Russian Aerospace Forces had not previously been seen in this area.
Against the background of these factors, and in view of the tense situation in the region and the increased combat readiness in connection with possible provocations by the Armenian side, the guard combat team decided to open fire to kill.
The Azerbaijani side apologizes to the Russian side in connection with this tragic incident, which is accidental and wasn’t directed against the Russian side.
The Azerbaijani side expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the dead crew members and wishes the injured persons a speedy recovery.
The Azerbaijani side declares its willing to pay adequate compensation. ”
Official message from the Russian Defense Ministry on the incident with the Mi-24 helicopter:
“On November 9, at approximately 5.30 p.m. Moscow time, while escorting a convoy from the 102nd Russian military base through the territory of the Republic of Armenia in the airspace near the Armenian settlement of Yeraskh, near the border with the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic (Republic of Azerbaijan), the Russian Mi-24 helicopter was fired from the ground by MANPADS …
As a result of the missile’s impact, the helicopter lost control and fell in a mountainous area of the territory of Armenia.
Two crew members died, one was evacuated with moderate injuries to the local airfield.
The command of the 102nd Russian military base is conducting an investigation to establish the identity of those who fired at the Russian helicopter. ”