Mi-17 helicopter flying among the buildings causes panic in Warsaw

Aug 02 2013 - 5 Comments
By Jacek Siminski

On Jul. 27. 2013, an unusual sight in the skies over Warsaw caused some city residents to make panicked calls to the police: a huge Russian Mi-17 (Mi-171) helicopter was flying at very low altitude in the heart of the city.

It turned out that it was a chopper rented for the process of mounting an air conditioning device on a roof of one of the Warsaw banks.

Most probably cheaper than a crane, still a bit unusual to use a chopper to perform such heavy-duty task over the top of a downtown building.

Here are some pictures:

Image Credit: Mopar/Kontakt24

Image Credit: Jakub Kamiński/Polish Press Agency

Jacek Siminski for The Aviationist

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  • Will

    This is extremely common in the US. practically a entire industry with such companies as erickson aircrane, Columbia heli, and kmax performing a lot of these types of urban lifts.

    • Jacek Siminski

      I guess we still have to get used to it in Poland.

  • Guest

    How many polocks does it take to screw in an air conditioner

  • Jacek Siminski

    I guess you were not at the Police call receiving station, were you?

    • Stanislaus

      In fact I was. There was some concern over a shortage of mustard, but overall everyone ate their sausages in a very well behaved manor. There was no panic.
      Why do you ask? Are you in a panic right now? I hope that is not the case, and you are able to acquire sufficient sausages and condiments to satisfy you.
      Party on, Jacek.