Thirteen years since the helicopter crash near Blace, Katlanovo

On this day 13 years ago, eleven members of the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia were tragically killed in a helicopter crash near Blace, Katlanovo, while returning from the ALTHEA peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In addition to their family members, delegations from the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff of the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia, composed of the Deputy Chief of General Staff, Major General Azim Nuredin, and the State Secretary in the Ministry, Dragan Nikolic, the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, the Operations Command, the Air WING, the 1st Infantry Brigade and the Municipality of Petrovec, paid their respects with a minute of silence and the laying of wreaths at the memorial near Blace, Katlanovo.

The anniversary of the helicopter crash was also marked at the “Strasho Pindzur” barracks in Petrovec. A memorial service was also held in Camp Butmir in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in honour of the dead.

The Mi-17 army helicopter was returning from the ALTHEA peacekeeping mission when it crashed on 12 January 2008 near Blace, Katlanovo, tragically killing the lives of Lieutenant Colonel Toni Spasovski, Major Goran Ristovski, Captains Brane Spasovski and Igor Gjoreski, sergeant majors Slavcho Vasilev and Toni Davitkovski, staff sergeants Janko Shirikj and Aleksandar Taskovski, sergeants Miki Ivanovski and Aleksandar Vasikj and corporal Zlatko Veljanoski.