Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

18 killed in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia

18 killed in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia

At least 18 people have been killed after a Mi-8 helicopter has crashed in the north of Krasnoyarsk region, East Siberia, according to an emergency services source cited by TASS, a Russian news agency.

"According to preliminary information, the blades of the helicopter collided with cargo on the external load sling system of the Mil Mi-8AMT, RA-22427, which had taken off earlier".

The helicopter, which belonged to UTair, a Russian airline, crashed Saturday morning in the north of Krasnoyarsk region, eastern Siberia, near the Vankor oil pumping station.

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

The crash took place shortly after take-off, with the helicopter's fuel tanks full. After the collision Mi-8 helicopter skid around 2 kilometers then it collapsed and started burning.

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"The second take-off was performed with passengers who were workers on shifts at the oil station".

The helicopter was manufactured in 2010.

A spokesman for the emergency team said two flight recorders had been found at the site of the crash.

The law enforcers said all the possible versions are under consideration including crew error and the equipment failure.

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

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