Russian Military Helicopter Hits 'Wrong Target' During Zapad-2017 Exercise

Sergio Conner
September 19, 2017

Footage of an incident leaked online on Tuesday shows accidental rocket fire from a Russian strike helicopter hitting close to parked cars.

"The homing system of one of the helicopters locked on a wrong target by mistake".

Russia and Belarus say the exercises, which run until Wednesday, involve 5,500 Russian and 7,200 Belarusian troops. It did not specify when or where the incident in the video took place but said no one was hurt.

A second video from the same location, which was posted on social media by Russian investigative bloggers Conflict Intelligence Group, showed the aftermath, including a smashed window in a white jeep nearest to the truck, and shrapnel damage to the military truck.

Russian Military Helicopter Hits 'Wrong Target' During Zapad-2017 Exercise

According to the Russia's Western Military District, rockets were not fired at journalists during the Russia-Belarus Zapad-2017 military exercises. The Russian military denied earlier reports on social media that the incident happened during the ongoing Zapad war games.

Unexpected incident occurred at the training ground Luzhsky near St. Petersburg during the Zapad 2017 (West 2017) exercises. The rocket hit a truck on the ground.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, declined to comment and referred questions to the Defense Ministry.

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