Russian Helicopter Releases Rocket by Accident During Excercise


A Russian military helicopter almost killed an innocent bystander on  Tuesday when it accidentally fired rockets into a parking lot during a  training exercise. Video footage of the incident shared by The New York Times shows  two helicopters swooping over a field at treetop level before one fires  off rockets that seem to hit a truck a few yards from the bystander.  

The misfire came during a major exercise called Zapad 2017, or West  2017, which aims to flex Russian military muscle along the border with  NATO countries to the west. While the Russian military issued a  statement denying the helicopter mishap occurred on Monday, it has not  questioned the validity of the footage. 

Source:  New York Times