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Russian Ka-226T Completes Test Flights for 2014 Winter Olympics

By Staff Writer | May 28, 2013

Russian Helicopters has wrapped up a series of test flights with its Kamov Ka-226T multipurpose helicopter in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The test flights were conducted in the Krasnaya Polyana region near Sochi, with medical personnel from the Southern Regional Center for Emergency Medicine. Equipped with a medical module, the flights simulated potential emergency scenarios that may occur during the Winter Olympic Games.
Pilots, medical personnel prepare for test flights on the Ka-226T. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters
During the trials, both medical personnel and Russian test pilots were able to test the Ka-226T's search and rescue (SAR) performance capability in the mountainous terrain that it will be deployed in for the Olympic games. The modified medevac Ka-226T airframe allows EMS transport to occur while "maintaining a patient's vital functions," according to Russian Helicopters.
Completion of the test flights allows the Ka-226T to be deployed when the Winter Games begin in February 2014.

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