Russian helicopter crash kills 18

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An Mi-8 helicopter.

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

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.

Passengers killed
All those on board, ‘three crew members and 15 passengers were killed.’

The helicopter was reportedly taking workers to an oil station.

Investigation
An investigation is under way.

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

The Russian Transport Ministry said “The second helicopter landed safely and the incident happened in “normal” weather conditions.”

 

Olajumoke Adeleke