17 Dec 2012A Burma army Mi-8 helicopter has been damaged by the Kachin Independence Army
(KIA) last Friday, according to senior officials. The Russian built helicopter was
last spotted retreating to Myitkyina, plumes of smoke bellowing out of it after
receiving sustained fire from KIA troops in Lajayang. There are also rumors
that the helicopter crashed before reaching the Kachin State capital but it hasn’t been verified.