Helicopter crashes in Krasnoyarsk Territory, 18 people die

Larry Hoffman
August 7, 2018

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.

There were 15 passengers and three crew aboard the crashed helicopter, said a statement from the operator, UTair airlines.

The dead were working for a subsidiary of oil giant Rosneft in the remote Vankor oil field, which is above the Arctic Circle.

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

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

"He flew 5,990 hours, 2,300 of which he was the helicopter commander", Utair's statement said.

The helicopter was reportedly taking workers to an oil station.

According to the regional emergency services, Mi-8 crash was caused by a technical failure due to which the helicopter fell apart and caught fire.

The Investigative Committee has launched a criminal investigation into the neglect of aircraft safety guidelines.

The Mi-8AMT helicopter RA-25640 was manufactured by the Ulan-Ude Aircraft Plant in 2010.

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

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