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Russian helicopter crash kills 18

Russian helicopter crash kills 18

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An MI-8 helicopter pictured during a training flight in Russia Eighteen people have died in a Russian helicopter crash in north-western Siberia, officials say.Russia’s emergencies ministry said the MI-8 went down at 10:20 local time (03:20 GMT), about 180km (112 miles) from the town of Igarka, in Krasnoyarsk Territory.All…


A Mil Mi-8AMTSh transport and assault helicopter performs a training flight at the Chernigovka air base, December 2017Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption An MI-8 helicopter pictured during a training flight in Russia

Eighteen people have died in a Russian helicopter crash in north-western Siberia, officials say.

Russia’s emergencies ministry said the MI-8 went down at 10:20 local time (03:20 GMT), about 180km (112 miles) from the town of Igarka, in Krasnoyarsk Territory.

All those on board – three crew members and 15 passengers – were killed.

The helicopter was reportedly taking workers to an oil station. An investigation is under way.

Initial assessments have suggested that the aircraft’s propeller blades struck cargo being carried by another helicopter just after take-off.

The Russian Transport Ministry, quoted by AFP news agency, said the second helicopter landed safely and the incident happened in “normal” weather conditions.

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