Russian helicopter crash in Siberia kills all 18 people onboard

Frederick Owens
August 6, 2018

The crew of the cargo-carrying helicopter were not injured and there was no adverse weather conditions, said Rosaviatsia.

"I was saddened to learn about the helicopter crash in Krasnoyarsk city in the Siberian Federal District of the Russian Federation, killing 18 people", Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a tweet.

The chopper was reportedly taking workers to an oil well.

According to reports in media, the incident took place when a Mi-8 helicopter collided with the external cargo suspension of another helicopter that took off earlier.

A helicopter with passengers fell and burned.

The helicopter operators in Russian Federation works with oil and gas companies and transport people and cargo for clients like Shell, Gazprom and Rosneft.

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Fifteen passengers and three crew members aboard the helicopter were killed, a source at the emergency services told the state-owned TASS news agency.

Both aircraft belong to Russian national airline Utair. It added that the helicopter was manufactured in Russian Federation in 2010, and the pilot had flown almost 6,000 hours. A criminal investigation is under way.

Helicopters frequently carry loads in slings that hang below the craft.

The Mi-26 helicopter made an emergency landing and no one was hurt in that aircraft.

In November 2017, six people died when a small plane crash-landed in the Khabarovsk region.

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