An Mil Mi-8 similar to the accident helicopter
|Date||28 January 1992|
|Site||near Shusha, Nagorno-Karabakh|
|Aircraft type||Mil Mi-8|
|Operator||Azerbaijani Air Force|
Serious air warfare during the Nagorno-Karabakh War broke out in January 1992. Azeri aircraft became easy targets for Armenian armed forces. On January 9, the Armenians first claimed to have shot down an Azeri helicopter. More claims followed on January 24, 28 and 31 – all of them over Nagorno-Karabakh, the last being a Mi-8 downed from MANPADs over the village of Huha. On January 31, the Azeris claimed the downings of two Mi-8s that supported the first Armenian offensive.
The Mi-8 helicopter involved had 44 souls aboard (41 passengers, all civilians, and 3 crew) when it departed the town of Agdam for Shusha, which was blockaded by Armenians. The craft was downed en route by a surface-to-air missile. All aboard were killed. According to Azeri journalist Kerim Kerimli, who assisted in collecting bodies at the site and confirmed the number of fatalities, the missile was launched from Stepanakert.
Armenian officials stated that the helicopter was carrying weapons and ammunition to Azeris attacking Armenian villages.