Eighteen killed in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia

Eighteen killed in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia

Eighteen killed in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia

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. Meanwhile, black boxes from the Mi-8 have already been retrieved from the crash site, but their condition is yet unclear.

"The first take-off was carried out by a Mi-8 with an external cargo suspension without passengers on board, the second take-off was performed with passengers who were workers on shifts at the oil station", the ministry said in a statement.

A Russian airline helicopter has crashed shortly take-off killing 18 people.

'During takeoff it struck cargo hanging from the landing gear of another Mi-8 helicopter'.

The helicopter was reportedly taking workers to an oil station.

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"According to preliminary information, the Mi-8 carrying passengers for reasons unknown collided with the external suspension of the second helicopter after take-off".

Rescuers "could not approach" the scene due to the extreme heat of flames.

The incident occurred when a Russian-made Mi-8 aircraft knocked into the cargo of an adjacent helicopter as both were completing take-off in the Krasnoyarsk region, watchdog Rosaviatsia says.


Russian news reports said all the passengers were believed to have been working for a subsidiary of the state oil company Rosneft.

The ministry added that it had set up a commission to investigate the crash.

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