Mi-8 helicopter crashes in East Siberia: 18 killed

Serbia, Aug 4 : A Mi-8 helicopter has crashed in the north of Krasnoyarsk region, East Siberia, killing 18 people including three crew members, Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said Saturday.

“It crashed immediately after takeoff because of collision with the cargo carried by another helicopter that was also airborne at the moment, according to media reports.

The incident occurred around 6:20 am Moscow time near the village of Igarka in the remote Krasnoyarsk region, the ministry said in a statement on its official website.

“There were three crewmembers and 15 passenger abroad the Mi-8 that belonged to Utair airline,” he said. “All of them died.”

“It crashed 2 km to the south of the airport, immediately after takeoff,” he said.

Officials at the Krasnoyarsk regional branch of the federal Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense said the helicopter crash-landed 10:20 Siberian time [06:20 Moscow Standard Time, 03:20 UTC].

Law enforcers also said the helicopter crashed because of midair collision with a cargo carried by another helicopter.Two flight recorders had been found at the site of the crash.
The investigation is on to find the real cause of the air tragedy and the flight recorders have been handed over to Interstate Aviation Committee.”

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