A Russian helicopter has crashed in Siberia killing 18 oil workers

Aug 05, 2018, 04:06
A Russian helicopter has crashed in Siberia killing 18 oil workers

A picture of a Russian helicopter MI-8, the same type that crashed on its way to an oil station in Siberia.

A Russian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday in Siberia, killing all 18 people aboard, mostly oil workers, authorities 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.

The airline said it sent its specialists to the site of the crash.

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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.

It was carrying 15 passengers and three crew members, the Emergencies Ministry said.

The Mi-8 crashed to the ground seconds after takeoff and exploded in an inferno in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russian Federation.

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

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The second aircraft landed safely and the accident took place in "normal" weather conditions, according to preliminary findings.

"A Mi-8 helicopter which was carrying external suspended cargo and no passengers completed take-off first".

Utair said the helicopter was made in Russian Federation in 2010.

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

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In Russia, the helicopter operator predominantly works with oil and gas companies, transporting people and cargo for clients including Gazprom, Shell and Rosneft.

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