Oryx hit by small arms fire in DRC – no injuries
A third South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter deployed under the UN flag has come under fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), nine weeks after the second incident and 11 months after the first. “An Oryx came under unprovoked gunfire from unidentified ground attackers while conducting routine aerial patrol,” SA National Defence Force (SANDF) spokesman Brigadier Xolani Mabanga said. “The helicopter suffered minor structural damage after being hit by a small arm projectile (sic),” he said, adding no-one aboard was injured and the medium transport helicopter continued its flight before landing safely at the SANDF base in Goma. In the first incident this year another Oryx was fired on, also by unknown attackers, while on a routine flight with the then Deputy Force Commander of MONUSCO aboard. The attack happened near Erengeti in North Kivu and the helicopter reportedly suffered “little damage”. As with the second incident no-one was injured and “little damage” was reportedly done to the aircraft.