The Chinese Ministry of Defense confirmed that the Z-10K attack helicopter crashed during a “routine training mission” on March 19.
According to military sources, the Z-10 attack helicopter assigned to the army aviation brigade under the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force was on a routine training mission when it crashed on Friday.
Two pilots of the helicopter were pronounced dead.
Last week images of the damaged Z-10 Helicopter began to circulate on the internet. However, there were no details about the crash that was made public at that time.
The incident is under investigation. The cause of crash is still unknown.
The Z-10 is a modern Chinese attack helicopter developed by Changhe Aircraft Industries Group (CHAIG) and the China Helicopter Research and Development Institute (CHRDI) for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The Z-10 attack helicopter can be primarily deployed in anti-armor and battlefield interdiction missions.
The helicopter can also conduct limited air-to-air combat operations.
It incorporates a conventional attack helicopter layout featuring a nail down the fuselage and stepped tandem cockpit