18 Killed As Russian Mi-8 Helicopter Crashes In Siberia

| August 4 , 2018 , 18:13 IST

At least 18 people were Killed on Saturday when a Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia. The deceased were workers, heading for their work at the oil-pumping station.

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. After the collision Mi-8 helicopter skid around 2 kilometers then it collapsed and started burning.

One helicopter was carrying passengers while the other helicopter which landed safely was carrying external suspended cargo.

There were three crew members and 15 passengers aboard the Mi-8.

The criminal investigators of the Main Directorate of Criminalistics of Russia's Investigative Committee were sent to the incident spot and investigation committee have been formed to investigate the crash.

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The Emergencies Ministry had also sent over a group of An-74 and Be-200 aircraft with 25 people for the rescue operation, according to the Krasnoyarsk region branch of the ministry.

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

Both the helicopters were owned by UTair-Helicopter Services, a unit of Russian airline Utair.

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