18 dead in helicopter crash in Russian Federation

Aug 05, 2018, 04:07
18 dead in helicopter crash in Russian Federation

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

The passengers, workers heading to their shift at an oil-pumping station, and three crew members died when the Russian-made Mi-8 aircraft knocked into the cargo of an adjacent helicopter as both were completing take-off, watchdog Rosaviatsia said.

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

It added that the second helicopter landed safely and that the accident took place in "normal" weather conditions. "As a result it fell, was destroyed and burned".

"After take-off, according to early reports, the Mi-8 carrying passengers knocked into the external cargo of the other helicopter, for reasons unknown".

It added that the pilot was born in 1985 and was trained at the Omsk Aviation School in southwestern Siberia.

Helicopters frequently carry loads in slings that hang below the craft. It added that the helicopter was manufactured in Russian Federation in 2010, and the pilot had flown almost 6,000 hours.

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

A Mi-8 helicopter with passengers on board has crashed in Krasnoyarsk Region, Siberia.

Eighteen people have been killed in a horrific helicopter crash after its blades hit cargo hanging off another helicopter.

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