UN Chopper Down in Monrovia with Injuries
Impromptu landing in Thinkers Village in Monrovia.
An RA 22426 United Nations helicopter carrying 5 health workers and 4 crew from Spriggs Payne Airport to River Gee, Fishtown made a forced landing when the pilot detected engine problems. Only the pilot and possibly a crew member sustained injuries; apparently they had deep cuts in their heads. The pilot was taken by ambulance to be hospitalized.
The Mil Mi-8AMT was operated by UTAir.
None of the health workers reported injury.
The pilot warmed the engine from around 11: 30 to 11:50, then took off with passengers and landed twice with mechanical issues.
During the forced landing/crash, the helicopter impacted a building under construction and another structure. Both were destroyed. The chopper’s right tire broke and the chopper’s front end sustained damaged. Liberia National Police and UNMIL Security responded to the scene and an investigation is underway.