Killed As Russian Mi-8 Helicopter Crashes In Siberia

Killed As Russian Mi-8 Helicopter Crashes In Siberia

'An Mi-8 with external cargo load and without passengers on board was the first to take off, ' said a source at Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsiya.

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

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

The accident took place at 9:48 local time (0248 GMT) when the helicopter crashed 180 km north of the town of Igarka in Turukhansky District, the ministry's Krasnoyarsk region branch said in a statement.

The crash comes four months after another fatal accident involving an Mi-8 in eastern Russian Federation, which killed six people.

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The chopper was reportedly taking workers to an oil well.

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

In this image made video, smoke rises from a crash side of a Russian helicopter Mi-8 crashed shortly after takeoff in Vankor, above the Arctic Circle in Siberia, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018.

"All of them died", the source in the regional emergency services said.According to the regional emergency services, Mi-8 crash was possibly caused by technical failure.

A spokesman for an emergency team found two flight recorders at the site of the crash.

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