Chernobyl Helicopter Crash Footage
The real Chernobyl chopper crash happened
on October 2, 1986, more than five months
after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The
Soviet press did not report on the
accident and the government didn't make it
known at the time. Not only did the real
crash happen months later than it does in
the HBO miniseries, it had nothing to do
with radiation. The pilot of an Mi-8
helicopter accidentally struck a chain
that was hanging from a crane. The entire
crew of the Mi-8 died in the accident.
This crash footage was not released until
after the fall of the Soviet Union.
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