18 killed in helicopter crash in Siberia

Clay Curtis
August 7, 2018

Eighteen people were killed when a helicopter crashed shortly after take-off in Siberia when its rotor blades collided with another aircraft. "As a result of the crash of RA-25640, everyone died", the press service told Interfax in a statement.

As for the helicopter without passengers, its crew was not injured.

The crash occurred at 5:43 a.m. Moscow time on Saturday.

The other helicopter landed safely after the incident. The second helicopter taking off with passengers on Board collided with the already airborne Mi-8 and hooked his external cargo suspension.

"The second take-off was performed with passengers who were workers on shifts at the oil station".

"There were three crew members and 15 passengers overseas the Mi-8 that belonged to Utair airline", an emergency services official told TASS news agency.

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The helicopter's black box flight recorders have been recovered and appear undamaged, Russian news agency TASS quoted law enforcement agencies as saying.

A commission has been set up to investigate the crash.

Vankor is the region's largest oil field, operated by Russian oil company Rosneft.

The country's Investigative Committee said it opened a criminal investigation into the crash.

In April, a Mi-8 helicopter crashed in far eastern Russian Federation, killing six people.

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