There were numerous memorable moments during
earthquake that hit China's Sichuan
Province in 2008, and one of such moments was when PLA's
helicopters took a huge risk to build a lifeline for the
victims trapped in the disaster areas. Those aircrafts were
all imported from overseas, with one exception, and their
ceiling height are all below 4,300m at full load, which is
not adequate for flying over high latitude mountainous regions.
It was a problem, clearly.
But two years later on September 18, 2010, the 79th anniversary
invasion of China, AC313, a giant helicopter developed
by Chinese, successfully landed on Himalayan plateau.
a monumental breakthrough for China's aviation industry.
Equipped with three Pratt
& Whitney Canada PT6B-67A engines and an integrated
digital avionics system, it can fly in difficult mountain
conditions and has a maximum take off weight of 13 tons
with a space to accommodate 27 passengers, which is
ideal for carrying out various rescue and relief operations
in China's western provinces.
(Source of photos: 新华网)
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