At least 3 Russian military helicopters have exploded during a Ukrainian attack on Gerson Airport

Satellite image shows smoke rising from Gerson International Airport on Tuesday, March 15. Zoom shows pictures of several helicopters catching fire. (Planet Labs, BBC)

The Ukrainian army destroyed several Russian military helicopters at Kherson International Airport on Tuesday, according to new satellite images from Planet Labs.

As several helicopters catch fire, a large black smoke rises from the airport in the satellite image.

Helicopters can be seen burning in the zoom-in area of ​​the image.
Helicopters can be seen burning in the zoom-in area of ​​the image. (Planet Labs, BBC)

It was the deadliest strike by the Ukrainian military against Russian helicopters during the war, with at least three Russian helicopters set on fire or destroyed at the airport.

Army vehicles found near the airport were also attacked.

A huge haze of smoke rises from the airport.
A huge haze of smoke rises from the airport. (From Telegram)

Another picture, taken by a drone hovering over the nearby village of Komishani, also shows a large haze of smoke from the airport.

CNN geolocated and verified the authenticity of the film.

The military strike at the airport was triggered by NASA’s Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS), which monitors major fires around the world.

According to emotional data collected by FIRMS, the military attack took place at 1:42 pm local time.

A satellite image of Maxer Technologies shows several Russian military helicopters sitting on the tarmac at the airport on Monday.
A satellite image of Maxer Technologies shows several Russian military helicopters sitting on the tarmac at the airport on Monday. (Maxer Technologies)

On Monday, satellite images of Maxar Technologies showed several Russian military helicopters in Dormak at Kherson’s International Airport. Dozens of military vehicles are also found in the surrounding area.

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