Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Eighteen killed in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia

Eighteen killed in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia

A Mi-8 helicopter has crashed in the north of Krasnoyarsk region, East Siberia, killing 18 people aboard, a source at the emergency services told TASS.

The Russian Transport Ministry said the Mi-8 helicopter carrying three crew members and 15 passengers crashed when it collided with machinery carried by another helicopter soon after take off. Picture: SuppliedAll passengers were believed to have been working for a subsidiary of the state oil company Rosneft.

The other helicopter landed safely after the incident.

Law enforcers also said the helicopter crashed because of midair collision with a cargo carried by another helicopter.

The helicopter that crashed was manufactured in 2010 and the pilot had almost 6,000 hours of experience, including 2,300 as a captain, the UTair statement said.

"He flew 5,990 hours, 2,300 of which he was the helicopter commander", Utair's statement said.

'Utair's Mi-8 helicopter 25640 was flying from Vankor to Kharkasale, ' said an spokesman for Russia's emergencies ministry.

The Russian government has set up a commission and begun investigations into the air crash.

The crash comes four months after another fatal accident involving an Mi-8 in eastern Russian Federation, which killed six people.

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

The country's Investigative Committee said it opened a criminal investigation into the crash.

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