Eighteen killed in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia

Aaron Brown
August 5, 2018

A Russian commercial helicopter flying from the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk crashed shortly after take-off, killing 18 people aboard on Saturday.

The Mi-8 helicopter, operated by Russia's national airline Utair, was carrying three crew members and 15 passengers, the country's transport ministry said.

Russian airline Utair has sent specialists to the scene, which is in an oil field managed by the energy company Rosneft some 1,600 miles northeast of Moscow.

'The Mi-8AMT carrying passengers-shift workers-to an oil pumping station was the second to takeoff'. "As a result it fell, broke apart and caught fire", the watchdog said, adding weather conditions were normal.

Utair said the helicopter was made in Russian Federation in 2010. The helicopter flew 2 kilometre before it crashed.

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A spokesman for an emergency team set up to eliminate the aftermaths of the accident told TASS two flight recorders had been found at the site of the crash. A criminal investigation is under way.

In 2016, 19 people died when a Mi-8 helicopter carrying oil and gas field workers crashed in a remote area of Siberia.

The second helicopter had no passengers on board and managed to land safely.

The Mi-8 crashed to the ground seconds after takeoff and exploded in an inferno in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russian Federation.

The Emergencies Ministry was sending over a group of An-74 and Be-200 aircraft and 25 people from regional search and rescue centres to the site of the crash, according to the Krasnoyarsk region branch of the ministry.

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