A Russian military helicopter mistook its target during a training exercise, leaving one person with a concussion according to reports. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. A military helicopter on a training exercise in western Russia mistakenly fired rockets at a group of parked vehicles, knocking at least one person to the ground, footage posted by Russian news sites and on social media showed. A man in civilian clothes who had been standing close to the truck was engulfed in a cloud of dust. The person filming the clip, who was slightly further away, could be seen sprawled on the ground. Independent news site Fontanka.ru said one of the people was left with concussion but did not give details on the source of the video. Russia is currently staging the "Zapad 2017" war games in the area, major exercises on NATO's eastern flank that were inspected on Monday (September 18) by Russian President Vladimir Putin. A second video from the same location, which was posted on social media showed the aftermath, including a smashed window in a white jeep nearest to the truck, and shrapnel damage to the military truck. Reuters could not independently verify the videos. The Russian Defence Ministry's western military district, in a statement cited by Interfax news agency, said that during a training exercise a helicopter's targeting system had mistakenly acquired a target, but denied anyone had been injured. The representative cited by Interfax did not say when the incident happened, or where, or if the exercise was part of the "Zapad-2017" war games.