August 7, 2014, was another bad day for the armed forces of Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists shot down not only a slow-moving Mil Mi-8 helicopter, but a MiG-29 fighter jet as well over the eastern parts of the country.
The Ukrainian Air Force MiG-29 hit the ground about 23 miles (37 km) north east of the city of Donetsk, near the village of Zhdanivka. According to an Ukrainian military spokesman the pilot ejected, but no word about his wheareabouts. It is believed the Fulcrum (as the NATO-reporting name for the type goes) was hit by a shoulder-launched anti-air missile (MANPADS). The Ukrainian Army Mi-8 (Hip) crash landed after being hit by a weapon yet unknown. Three crew members were brought to an Ukrainian military hospital for their injuries. Some sources even mentioned an Ukrainian Air Force AN-26 making a safe landing after being severely damaged in mid-air, but this latter report is yet unconfirmed.
Anti-government forces have brought down several Mi-8s since the beginning of the fighting in April 2014, but as far as we know it is the first time they succeeded to bring down a MiG-29.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
OVERVIEW OF AIRCRAFT LOSSES BY HOSTILE FIRE, ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE
(compiled by Airheadsfly.com based on official sources)
- 2014.??.??: 2 Su-25s, 2 Mi-24s and 1 Mi-8 in separate incidents
- 2014.08.29: Su-25, over Donbas, likely SAM
- 2014.08.17: MiG-29, over Luhansk, likely SAM
- 2014.08.07: Mi-8, eastern Ukraine, weapon unknown
- 2014.08.07: MiG-29, near Zhdanivka (Donetsk region), by SAM
- 2014.07.23: 2 Su-25, Ukrainian Air Force, near Dmytrivka (Donetsk region), by SAM while providing CAS
- 2014.07.16: SU-25, Ukrainian Air Force, near Amvrosiyivka / Russian border, hit in tailsection. Second Su-25 hit as well, made successful emergency landing.
- 2014.07.14: AN-26, Ukrainian Air Force, near Izvaryne, by SAM
- 2014.06.24: Mi-8, near Slovyansk, by MANPADS or AA / heavy-calibre gun
- 2014.06.14: IL-76, Ukrainian Air Force, upon landing at Luhansk Airport, by anti-aircraft fire
- 2014.06.06: AN-30B, Ukrainian Air Force, near Slovyansk, by MANPADS
- 2014.05.29: Mi-8, Ukrainian Army Guard, near Slovyansk, by MANPADS
- 2014.05.05: Mi-24, Ukrainian Army Avation, near Slovyansk, by heavy-machine gun fire
- 2014.05.02: 2 Mi-24s, Ukrainian Army Aviation, near Slovyanks, by MANPADS
- 2014.04.25: Mi-8, Ukrainain Army Aviation, at Kramatorsk Airbase, by (rocket-propelled?) grenade