Russian Army Helicopter Found On Mountain Top

This Russian Army's Mil Mi-8 helicopter is in a surprisingly good state, considering it crashed against the east side of Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Russia and Europe. It was found by alpinist Ilya Yahsin at 15,748 feet.

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While it looks pretty broken, the $10 million helicopter—which was produced in 2009—is in good shape internally. Russian soldiers were ordered to disassemble it and bring down the pieces one by one. However, it's in such a remote place that it would be very difficult. And the state of the troops doesn't seem the best one to perform that task:

Exhausted soldiers are forced to beg on duty at the mount command MOE - some borrow jackets, some boots, some meat in tin cans to share.

The Mil Mi-8 is a twin-turbine transport gunship helicopter. According to its Wikipedia page, it's the most-produced helicopter in the world. [Yashin via English Russia]